How to Get Rid of Bugs in a Book

How to Get Rid of Bugs in a Book. Books stored in libraries and private collections, alike, can suffer damage due to insect infestation. Although not all bugs cause permanent damage to your books, many of them do, and knowing how to handle an infested collection is important for safe preservation. To kill the bugs for good you'll need the help of a professional, but first follow these stops to identify and put a stop to the infestation.

Check your books for any signs of infestation. Droppings, tunnels, wings and other insect remains are clues that your collection is in trouble.

Identify the bug species that is infesting your books. Use a pest trap to catch a live specimen and save it so you can show it to an exterminator.

Take your bug to a local entomologist who will identify it for you. Contact the nearest university or college for help finding an entomologist, if necessary.

Seal the affected books in a plastic bag to prevent the infestation from spreading.

Find a professional fumigator who'll be able to deal with the infestation. Fumigation requires specific chemicals and controlled conditions, so it's best to leave it to a professional.

Take simple measures to prevent future infestations. Seal your library's windows, keep its humidity low and be sure to keep the shelves free of dirt and dust.

  • Store your books away from obvious food supplies like garbage cans and pantries. Bugs need food, too, and keeping the collection free of scraps and crumbs makes it less inviting for them.