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Subject: Book mites

Book mites

From: Thomas A. Parker <bugman22>
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2002
Celia Withycombe <crw1001 [at] cam__ac__uk> writes

>What is the latest thinking on book mites?

There are no such animals on the planet.  Book mites are mythical.
There is an insect called a pscocid, which is visible by the naked
eye, have six legs, small, no wings, whitish to clear in color,
which feed on microscopic mold on paper.  Perhaps that's the critter
you're referring to.  Humidity control will eliminate the
microscopic mold and hence the pscocids.  Pscocids do not bite
humans and are harmless.

Tom Parker

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