I have a modest library of around a thousand books. None appear buggy (that is, I never witnessed a bug crawl out of one), and of those I’ve read so far, the only bug I’ve encounter has been a spider. However, some did come from buggy areas and just recently I discovered a silverfish scuttling across the floor (not in the library itself, but in the house). That has been the only sign I’ve seen of a bug problem, but it still worries me.
What best could I do to protect my books?
It’s been suggested to me to microwave each for around thirty seconds. That just seems risky to me, though. Might not it melt the glue? I must say to its credit, though, that I did cook some of the books I got recently from a very booklice infested store and that did seem to do the trick without damaging the books themselves.
I’ve also been told to scatter mothballs liberally. That may deter the bugs, but it would also deter me. I would like to be able to actually go near the books without getting a headache.