Bochusai Packets Protect Scrolls from Pests

Bochusai Packets Protect Scrolls from Pests
June 21, 2017 Mikela Bond

People often come to us with artwork that has been damaged by pests, improper care, or neglect. Traditionally, scrolls are changed seasonally, for parties, special occasions, and for honored guests.  Since they are not meant to be on display all the time, it is important to know how to correctly store and care for scrolls.


Insects wreak havoc on scrolls.  Silverfish, cockroaches, termites, and powderpost beetles are just a few of the culprits. These little vermin can damage your artwork by eating it, laying their eggs on it, or defecating on it.

Fear not, there is a simple solution. Bochusai are all natural non-toxic herb packets that protect scrolls from insects. These carefully crafted herb blends have been successfully repelling vermin for hundreds of years in Japan and were originally used to keep pests out of kimono boxes.  Simply place one packet of Bochusai in your scroll box with your scroll and store in a cool, dry place.bochuko-20161121-4
Another added benefit of Bochusai is the pleasant aroma; scrolls that have been stored for a long time can develop an unpleasant odor. Bochusai is now available here at Robyn Buntin of Honolulu and comes in packs of three.




Tips for success:

Where you store your scroll makes all the difference.

  • Avoid storing near a water source such as a bathroom linen closet.
  • Store in dry places with good ventilation to avoid mold damage.
    • Examples of storage areas to avoid:
      • bathroom linen closet
      • under the bed
      • in a dark closet with minimal air circulation
  • Use sealed archival containers not made from wood pulp.

Additional tips:

  • According the San Francisco Asian Art Museum, “Try to display scrolls under low light, in a protected area such as a niche or wall case, and only for brief periods of time.”  Click here for more information on how to protect your scrolls.
  • Don’t use mothballs or the silica you would find in shoe boxes or food containers, these emit a lot of acid and can quickly turn your scroll brown and brittle.
  • Remove scrolls from box and let them air twice a year.

Disclaimer:  No product is guaranteed.  However for non-toxic, all natural alternatives to chemical pesticides we strongly suggest Bochusai for its ease of use and proven track record in Japan over the centuries.

Click here to order Bochusai

For more more information on how to handle your scrolls please refer to these videos:

Photo Credit:

SilverfishBookworm Damage, Powderpost Beetle, Powderpost Beetle Damage, Cockroach Damage, Cockroach,