Silverfish Pest Control

Silverfish are a small, silvery insect found across Australia. They are fish-like in appearance, with a flattened, scaly and slender body that tapers towards the rear. They have long antennae and six legs that allow them to scurry off quickly. They are famous for their destructive feeding habits. They munch on valuable items containing starch or cellulose, such as books, photographs, paintings, stored food products and carpet. Often found in dark, damp areas, they are difficult to control in large numbers and need professional treatment.

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From Preparation to Treatment

Silverfish are experts at hide and seek. Effective treatment requires being familiar with their behaviour and locating their hiding places.

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Flick technicians understand silverfish patterns and behaviour. We’ll locate their hiding places and treat both the adults and eggs with a mixture of pest control products.

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Prevent silverfish from returning by fixing any leaky taps which create a moist environment, plus inspecting second-hand furniture and books for infestations.

Common Silverfish Questions

  • 01Where do silverfish hide?

    In their natural habitat, silverfish live under bark, inside logs and under dead leaves. When they move indoors, they may hide in books, carpet and stored goods. They also like to hide in roof voids and dark, undisturbed spaces. As adults, silverfish only measure between 15 – 25mm. They easily hide in cracks and crevices during daylight hours.

  • 02When are silverfish active?

    Silverfish are primarily nocturnal. They go on a hunt during the night – for natural and synthetic fibres, books and other paper products. Silverfish enjoy warm and humid temperatures between 13 – 40 degrees celsius, and air conditioning has created the ideal temperate environment for them to breed. They are less likely to survive extreme temperatures.

  • 03Why are silverfish a pest?

    Silverfish don’t spread disease, but they destroy property and can cause a great deal of damage. They prefer to live in dark areas where they won’t be disturbed. You may find them lurking in roof and wall cavities, behind skirting boards, under carpet edges, in books and in stored goods. Key indicators are books coming off their spines (as silverfish have eaten the glue that binds the paper to the cover), stained fabrics and holes in packaging.

  • 04Do I need professional silverfish control?

    Silverfish are common pests across Australia and are difficult to get rid of without professional help. As they’re nocturnal, it can be hard to catch them! The Flick Pest Control team will identify their hiding spots and treat the area chemically.

  • 05How do I prevent silverfish coming back?

    Check dark, hidden areas of your homes regularly for silverfish – for example bookcases and cupboards. Also inspect incoming goods for silverfish, particularly second-hand furniture and books. Make sure leaking pipes and taps are fixed, as the moist environment can provide an excellent breeding ground for silverfish. If you notice the signs of silverfish activity or damage, call your local trusted Flick office on 13 14 40 to arrange a booking.

Common Silverfish

Silverfish

Appearance

Silvery grey, with a flattened body and tapered tail like a fish. 10 – 12mm in length, 2 long antennae.

Lifestyle

Silverfish bugs all have one feature in common – they do a love dance before mating! They then lay eggs in clusters of 2-20 in cracks, crevices and sometimes between food and clothing. Signs of an infestation of adult silverfish include droppings – which are small, spherical and black in colour, plus damage to books, photos and carpet.

Habits

Silverfish feed on sugars and carbohydrates. Their diet in the wild includes protein-rich foods like grains, fibres and vegetables. Inside, they’re attracted to paper, cardboard, carpet and fabrics. Silverfish are excellent at hiding and favour dark, humid areas where they can munch away undisturbed.