Silverfish Control Sydney

Silverfish Pest Control in Sydney

Silverfish Control Sydney

Do you have a Silverfish problem? The techncians at Pro Pest Control Sydney provide Silverfish control treatments for pest infestations.

Silverfish don’t transmit disease, but their eating habits can make them quite destructive, although they’re not necessarily harmful to humans. They’re drawn to dark places with high moisture levels.

Controlling a small infestation can be as easy as buying DIY treatment. But if the problem persist you can use professional silverfish control experts to get the job done for you.

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We can also rid your home or spiders, cockroaches and other pests. Call Pro Pest Control Sydney today to end your Silverfish problems.

What are Silverfish?

Silverfish are wingless animals. Like ants, they can’t fly. But they can run fast.

Baby silverfish and white in colour and and measure around 5 mm long. The nymphs hatch with no scales. As they mature their scales will appear. They can molt several times as they develop and grow into adults. The small mymphs still feed on the same high-protein, starcy based items as the adult silverfish. Adult silverfish grow to about 12-25 mm in length not including their tail. They have a fish like appearance and once mature they turn into light grey and blue colours. They have two long antennae and six legs.

These insects feed on starch and sugar, so they’re attracted to different types of household items. These include books, wallpaper, documents, photographs, soap, dandruff, etc. They also like to live in dark, damp places.

Types of Silverfish

Types of Silverfish in Sydney

Common Silverfish

Also known as Leisma saccharina, the common silverfish is a wingless species that grows between 0.5 inches to 1 inch. It has a uniform silver or gray color with identical segments. They also have a parallel pair of legs that are outward-extending.

The common silverfish grows better in indoor, mist habitats. So, you can find them in toilets, kitchen, etc. They are usually nocturnal, and they can live for up to 8 years.


The bristletails are perhaps the most common species. Also wingless, they come with cylindrical bodies. Bristletails are more adapted to the wooded and grassy habitats, so you can find them in areas like tree barks, stones, decaying leaves, and rocks.

Bristletails are known to primarily feed on mosses, lichens, algae, and other decomposing organic matter. They can live for up to four years, with their growth depending primarily on their environment.

Four-Lined Silverfish

Scientifically known as Ctenolepisma quadriseriata, the four-lined silverfish comes with four dark lines in the lower stomach region. The insects are slightly longer than most other types, measuring between 1 inch and 1.5 inches. They can usually be found along the soil, flowerbeds, and roof shingles.

The four-lined silverfish stays mostly in warm, humid areas. They love to feed on the cellulose in paper and other related products.

Gray Silverfish

Known as Ctenolepisma longicaudata, the gray silverfish is an insect with a full gray – or, at the very least, a dark-colored – body. These insects measure up to two inches in length, making them one of the largest species.

Like many other types, the gray silverfish thrives best in damp and dark spaces. You can find them in drawers, books, bathroom pipes, etc. they feed on cellulose as well, so look for them in books and other paper-related products.


Silverfish are actually not harmful to humans. However, the real danger they pose is to property around the house. Since they’re attracted to starchy materials and items with high protein content, they eat books, clothing, stored food, and much more.

Signs of Infestation

Silverfish thrive in humidity. They love dark areas and humid environments. They are commonly found in cupboards, basements, kitchens, bathrooms, attics and storage rooms.

Like many insects, they like to hide. You can find them in Items like books, book bindings, and paper are part of the Silverfish diet.

You can also find droppings around your property. Silverfish leave black and spherical fecal matter wherever they go. They also shed their skin, and you can find yellow stains or spots as they move. If you spot any of these pesky insects, you should suspect a silverfish infestation.

How to Control Silverfish

Treatment Tips and Advice

Silverfish feed off protein and starchy materials.

  • Check paintings, bookcases, bookshelves, books, loose papers, silk fabrics, cotton materials and old clothes
  • Use a wet newspaper as a trap. Once they come to it, throw it out or burn it.
  • You can use regular sticky traps to catch them
  • Insecticide is also a viable option for you
  • Cedar oil is a natural repellent. Spray it around the house, and its strong scent will drive them away. You can also use Cedar Balls
  • Dried bay leaves are another natural repellent
  • Hire a Professional Pest Control Company

If you still have a pest problem call a silverfish pest control company as soon as possible.


Is it bad to have a silverfish infestation?

They aren’t known to cause harm to humans or pets, but they can cause severe damage to your property.

What causes a silverfish infestation?

Most of these insects are attracted to the smell of food. So, you need to keep your food well sealed.

What do silverfish droppings look like?

Fecal matter or droppings are black and spherical. They look like black peppers.

How do silverfish get into the house?

These insects invade the house through cracks and small holes in the building’s exterior part.

Do silverfish infest beds?

It’s unlikely. They prefer dark, quiet, and damp spaces.


The average cost of treatment ranges from $150 – $250.

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