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Old 08-19-2018, 05:32 PM
 
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Hi,

If you have some old books in a place like an attic , what is the best way to clean them? also how do you know if they don't have tiny bugs ( or their eggs)? I do have some books that were stored there for 9 years and I don't know if I should throw them away? I would like to keep some but I am worried. I always look in between the papers to see if there are any bugs? I also wipe the covers with a small tissue staturated with alcohol to wipe out the dust and at the same time to clean out any dead bugs shells.

I have seen a tiny dead bug in one book but it didn't look like a booklice or bed bugs. Usually I find them in the inside the book where the book cover meets the book spine.

Any advice would be much appreciated !
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Old 08-19-2018, 05:58 PM
 
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Put the books in Ziplock bags and freeze them to kill bugs. I wouldn't use alcohol on old printing. Not all inks or paper will tolerate it. Some good suggestions for valuable books.

https://www.biblio.com/book-collecti...leaning-books/
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:14 PM
 
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Put the books in Ziplock bags and freeze them to kill bugs. I wouldn't use alcohol on old printing. Not all inks or paper will tolerate it. Some good suggestions for valuable books.

https://www.biblio.com/book-collecti...leaning-books/
Thanks! For how many hours?
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:38 PM
 
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Thanks! For how many hours?
I'd leave them in for 24 hours. Probably overkill, but not sure how long eggs can survive freezing. Also, make sure the books aren't damp and remove excess air from the Ziplock bag before sealing to reduce frost damage.
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Old 08-20-2018, 06:42 AM
 
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Thanks! I am hoping to find another way as I have a very small freezer space.
i am just not sure how I can find out if there are tiny bugs or not? Sometimes, they are so tiny that I can barely see them.
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