[Strawbale] Re: insects (Psocids)

Chug chug at strawbale-building....uk
Wed Aug 13 21:35:32 CEST 2008

Hi Peter

I had this reply from Karl Jay-Lewin   kjl AT findhorn.com
bale on
chug at strawbale-building....uk

You may pass on my email to the people with the problem.
Basically we used a de-humidifier to bring moisture content of bales
down below what the little creatures
needed to breed and live. in the meantime we sealed off as many gaps
as possible eg putty under skirting, under window ledges, laid down a
non-toxic silica substance to ill them off, and when we got really
pissed of resorted to chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction.

regards, karl

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "peter van balen" <peter at tentotwo...>
To: <strawbale at amper....muni.cz>
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 7:18 PM
Subject: [Strawbale] Re: insects (Psocids)

Does anyone lnow of these little insects to be present (in small numbers?)
in dry straw bales ? We've got 2-3mm long insects coming out of the bales, I
think, (and only visible when "walking" over the woodwork), that look like
this : http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/strawbales/Psocids?authkey=m9uYiMySu7g
The bales were very dry (having been stored in a polytunnel; measured
humidity in straw 8-10%) when put in the house (as in-fill); now the
measured humidity has increased till about 15%, still fine I think. The
bales have not been plastered (yet).
Any thoughts?
Peter (van Balen)


Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 18:56:04 +0200
From: "Lieve Van Landeghem"
Subject: [Strawbale] Re: insects... (Rikki Nitzkin
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Rikki, there is a thread called Psocids infestation in the August 2004
I remember I sent another email at a later date, but can't remember when
that was.
It took 3 years for the bugs to disappear completely in my house.
I remember they had a clear preference for the white ceilings and every
September their number decreased spontaneously.
Hope this info helps.
Regards, Lieve.

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