Silverfish are quite common and are one of the more easily treatable pests in Australia. An infestation in your home means that your books, papers, wallpaper, fabrics and dried foods will all be attacked by these annoying bugs. A silverfish infestation is quite easy to spot as they are about half an inch long and although nocturnal you should spot damage to the aforementioned items.
Whilst they won’t destroy your home (like termites for example) they still carry diseases that can be transmitted through contaminated foods.
They build nests in warm damp spaces often behind bookshelves or in basements but are generally easy to treat once the nests have been found. They don’t bite humans but they should still be removed from your home and won’t go away on their own, even in an unoccupied house.
Mainly because they cause damage to household furnishings but also because they carry so many health hazards. You could get closed down if you are a commercial business in the hospitality industry. Silverfish will:
Mainly Silverfish are just a big nuisance that like many other pests won’t go away on their own, but at ASPC we can treat them quickly and effectively.
If you suspect a Silverfish infestation then there are certain common things to spot that will give you confirmation. Spotting any or a combination of the following is a bad sign:
ASPC will make a full inspection of the premises, we‘ll likely use a combination of eco-friendly techniques including fogging, natural repellents, insecticides, sprays and traps depending on your specific situation. We will also give you a plan of how to stop them from returning but a secondary treatment may also be required if it is quite bad.
Silverfish have 2 long antennae on their head with a long tapered body that’s segmented like an armadillo, they have short thick legs and are about 13mm to 15mm long. They can move quite fast but are often unseen as they are nocturnal. They are a silvery pale grey in colour with a 3 pronged tail
Like most pests, silverfish are attracted by food and shelter. They build nests in warm dark spaces that most homes have so access is critical. They also require food and eat paper and soft furnishings so that will attract them also. They will eat dried human foods but not meat or rotting foodstuffs. The sugar and starch in protein-rich foods sustain them. Commonly infected pet foods will bring them into your home
Not really to humans. As mentioned they can cause some diseases to dried foodstuffs they attack but they mainly cause damage to paper and furnishings. They can, however (like all pests) cause allergies in many people from their droppings, shed skins or just their presence
No. Not unless they are starved of the two things that brought them into your home to start with, food and warm damp shelter. They will multiply reasonably quickly and cause more damage if left untreated
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