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Silverfish or Fishmoths, are small, wingless insects that consume book bindings, carpet, clothing, coffee, glue, paints, paper, photos, plaster, and sugar. Silverfish can also cause damage to tapestries. Other substances they may eat include cotton, dead insects, linen and silk.

Silverfish information

Silverfish are small (13-25mm long), light grey, wingless insects. They have a tapering abdomen and together with their wriggling movements, resemble fish. They are also known as fishmoths or carpet sharks. Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits and can cause a serious problem, especially in larger numbers, damaging books, photographs, paintings, plaster and other items found in your home or business that contain starch or cellulose.

Silverfish habits and habitat

Silverfish are typically nocturnal. They survive in most conditions but prefer an environment of high humidity and are usually found in damp dark areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and basements.

Silverfish prevention

Effective control of Silverfish requires treatment of both the adult and their harbourage. If you live in Adelaide and surrounds or the Adelaide Hills then Pest Demise pest control technicians can advise or treat in order to manage you silverfish infestation.

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If you need help with a pest infestation or simply want the peace of mind that comes from a yearly pest inspection, get in touch with Pest Demise today on (08) 8388 6484 or email as at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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