Silverfish Control

Treatments for Silverfish

Silverfish Control Cairns

Unlike what it sounds like, Silverfish is an insect and not a fish.

The shiny and bright insect possess silver or metallic colour with two antennas.

It also has a rather slim body and can slither around in a short period.

Although silverfish won’t directly harm a human or pet, they are still a nuisance.

The nuisance feeds on clothing, cardboard, and other starchy items, and prefers moist areas in the bathroom.

If you just stumbled across one, there is a high chance that you have more than just that one you came across.

Pro Pest Control Cairns is a licensed and accredited silverfish controller.

Our professionals treat, exterminate, remove, and prevent silverfish infestation.

Call us today at 07 4277 5555.

How we treat


Our treatment always starts with an inspection. At Pro Pest Control Cairns, we believe that each household is unique. Therefore, the treatment method must be tailored to fit your specific pest need. During our inspection, we will determine the silverfish species you have in your house so that we can implement the best treatment solutions

Treatment and extermination

  • Traps

We can eliminate silverfish by using traps. We will create a trap, bait it, and place it in places where silverfish would find it. Once they are trapped, we can conveniently kill them. As professionals, we have the expertise that differentiates us from your usual do-it-yourself trapping.

Instead of killing silverfish one after the other, we can mix an active ingredient that spreads by contact and ingestion into the bait. When one silverfish eats the bait, it transfers the poison to other silverfishes and allows us to kill multiple pests at once.

  • Natural sprays

Apart from traps, we use natural sprays out of lemon, lavender, etc. To keep silverfish away. We will spray it in places where silverfish visit. Although the scent is nontoxic and pleasant to humans, silverfish don’t like it.

  • Diatomaceous earth

Diatomaceous earth is another treatment we use for killing silverfish. Our technicians will spray the powder over the surface in places where silverfish crawl. Once it makes contact with the powder, it will start dehydrating and die. We also use table salt for repelling silverfish as the salt can dehydrate them and cause death.

  • Boric acid

Boric acid is another powder we use to repel silverfish and a host of other insects. Not just the invaders, but the powder destroys the eggs.

Why are they considered pests?

Silverfish have been around for hundreds of millions of years. Their tenacity has allowed them to find the right environment and feeding conditions to thrive. The destructive pests seek a humid, warm environment, and you will mostly find them in dark and damp areas like the bathroom, kitchen, and sheds.

Silverfish feed on natural products that contain starch, carbohydrate, cellulose, and sugars. As a result, you will find them in different common household items like fabrics, paper, paintings, cupboard, books, etc, or in wall cavity. As expected, silverfish can cause significant damage to these items.

The nocturnal insects move quickly and hide in property corners. As a result, an infestation can go on for several weeks without notice, thereby causing exponential growth. While some species only lay one egg a day, some species can lay clusters of up to 20-60 eggs in a day. If the conditions allow, one female silverfish can produce 2000 more silverfish in a year.

Silverfish have weak jaws that can’t penetrate human skin. Also, they don’t spread diseases and parasites. However, their byproducts like excrement, skin moults, etc. Can mix existing allergens and cause severe allergic reactions in people.

Common species in the city

  • Acrotelsella Devriesiana is the commonest type in Australia
  • Ctenolepisma longicaudata: common in the household or building and is usually dull grey instead of silver.
  • Lepisma Saccharina: the most populous species globally

Common signs of infestation

  • Live silverfish sighting
  • Droppings that look like small, black peppercorns
  • Skin moults
  • Yellow stains on clothes, books, and other belongings
  • Damages to such items

Treatment tips and advice

  • Decrease humidity or use a dehumidifier in your home
  • Repair leaky faucets to avoid creating a moist environment
  • Clear out the clutter that can house or feed silverfish
  • Seal cracks and entry points around your doors, windows, foundation, etc. With silicone or caulk.
  • Use natural repellents like cedar oil, dried bay leaves, borax, etc.
  • Keep a clean home and vacuum regularly to pick droppings and skin moult
  • Seal all pet food source and dry food in airtight containers
  • Keep your clothing in a dry place
  • Don’t keep old books and magazines in attics, garages, and basements.
  • Clean up spills immediately


  • What do silverfish look like?

It has a metallic silver appearance with a tiny, tear-shaped body. They also have two long backward-curving antennae and three-bristled tails.

  • How do silverfish enter a home?

They often enter through the wood by eating their way through the cellulose on wooden shingles.

Why Choose Us

  • AEPMA Members
  • Experienced Professionals
  • $20 Million Public Liability Insured
  • Local Gold Coast Business
  • Fast and Reliable Exterminators
  • Eco-friendly Silverfish Control Treatments
  • 12 month warranty
  • 10 Years of Experience
  • Fully licensed Pest Experts
  • 100% Customer Satisfaction is Our Priority
  • Queensland Health Licensed Pest Technicians PMT
  • Free Quotations


  • Silverfish Removal
  • Silverfish Control Treatments just $330


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Phone us on 07 4277 5555.