Fabric Pests and Bed Bugs


The group of insects known as fabric pests include silverfish, clothes moths and carpet beetles.

Although silverfish have a creepy appearance and are occasionally mistaken for venomous centipedes, silverfish are not known to bite humans and do not carry diseases. In most cases, a silverfish will instantly flee to safety when disturbed, there is a greater chance of you hurting yourself attempting to chase one down than of the silverfish hurting you if you catch it. This insect is quite fast over short distances and is capable of hiding in cracks and crevices that humans cannot access. They hide during the day and forage at night. When they find a food supply, they try to make their nest as close to it as possible.

Well, that’s all well and good but you don’t like them anyway right?

They do cause damage to clothing, books, papers, food in pantries and wallpaper. Silverfish leave small holes in materials they bite and may also cause yellow staining.

Should you locate an infestation, contact us right away. Silverfish populations grow swiftly and can be difficult to control. We can develop a strategy to combat the silverfish.

Carpet beetles are found in carpets, but also in woollen goods, fur, hair, upholstery and dead animals. They are often found in undisturbed areas, such as below items of heavy furniture or carpet perimeters. Many synthetic and woollen carpets are now treated when manufactured to resist these pests. Adult beetles are even able to survive outdoors feeding primarily on flower nectar.

Less common than carpet beetles are clothes moths, although these fabric pests are often found in similar environments. Signs of an infestation include damaged material; cast larval skins, sand like larval droppings and small cocoons similar in colour to the infested fabric.

We can help with the elimination of these pests through proven eradication methods.

Bed Bugs are small non-flying insects with a flat oval shape about the size of an apple pip. Their flattened body allows them to squeeze into small cracks and crevices and as a result they can be hard to detect and eradicate. They are blood-sucking insects that require blood for nutrition and development.

In Australia there are two species, the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, and the tropical Bed Bug, Cimex hemipterus. The type will depend on the location of the property affected. Fortunately the two species are similar and the same control strategies can be used for both.

Bed bugs feed mostly at night when the host is asleep. Bites cause small, hard, swollen welts on the skin that may become inflamed and itch severely.

Bed bugs have not been implicated in the transmission of diseases. Their medical significance is usually limited to the irritation from their bites.

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