Fabric and Textile Pests

Fabric and Textile pests are insects that damage fabric and paper products. The three main fabric pests we deal with on a daily basis include silverfish, clothes moths and carpet beetles. If you are having issues with these pests, call the experts in Pest Control in Melbourne for advice and treatment options.


Silverfish prefer damp, dark, warm and humid places to harbour. Because of this, they are often found in bathrooms, kitchens, roof voids, wall cavities, cupboards and bookshelves.

Outdoors, they may be found living under the bark of trees and garden beds, under rocks, in rotten logs and among leaf litter.

Homeowners most commonly detect silverfish when they find one on the floor or in a sink/bathtub, or they will find holes in their clothing.


Clothes Moth

Clothes moth consumes wool, fur, silk and hair. If left untreated, clothes moth infestations can decimate entire wardrobes. Clothes moths should not be confused with stored product pest or food infesting moths. Clothes moths prefer the cover of darkness and do not typically fly to lights.

The most visible and easy to identify clothes moths are the males, as the females are weak fliers and prefer to hop or run. Female clothes moths tend to die soon after laying eggs, which they attach to their preferred fabrics. This results in the larval stage being responsible for damage caused to clothing.

Clothes Moth

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetles are small and oval in shape.  The adult beetles feed on pollen while the larvae feed on a wide range of animal-based items, including silk, leather, fur, wool and animal hair. As a result, carpet beetles may infest carpets, upholstered furniture, blankets, coats, comforters, wool, pillows and clothing. While carpet beetles rarely attack synthetic fabrics, they may feed on these items when they are soiled by perspiration, oil or food. Carpet beetle infestations can spread quickly.

Carpet beetles enter homes through doors, windows and other openings, although they may be brought in on fresh cut plants and flowers, as well. Some carpet beetles make their homes inside the nests of birds or other animals and can live in walls cavities and roof voids.

Both the adults and larvae stage prefer to feed in dark, undisturbed areas. As a result of this, an infestation can go unnoticed until it is widespread.

carpet beetle

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Silverfish FAQs

To eliminate silverfish, reduce humidity in your home, fix leaks, and use dehumidifiers. Seal cracks, crevices and consider applying insecticides in infested areas. Removing food sources and keeping spaces clean also helps deter silverfish. Contact Dawson’s Australia today.
Silverfish are small, wingless insects with a silver-blue colour and a distinctive teardrop shape. They are nocturnal and thrive in damp, dark environments, making them common household pests.
Silverfish feed on starchy substances such as paper, glue, clothing, and carbohydrates. They are attracted to items like books, cereals, and fabrics, making pantries and bookshelves susceptible to infestations.
Silverfish are attracted to damp and humid environments. They seek out dark, secluded spaces and are drawn to starchy materials for food. Reducing moisture levels and eliminating food sources can deter them.
Silverfish eggs are tiny and usually translucent, making them challenging to see with the naked eye. They are often hidden in cracks and crevices near their food sources.
Yes, silverfish may lay eggs in clothing, especially if the fabric contains starch. Storing clothes in dry, well-ventilated areas and using pest-resistant storage solutions can help prevent infestations.
Washing clothes in hot water can kill silverfish and their eggs. Additionally, thorough cleaning of storage areas and regular vacuuming can help eliminate these pests and their eggs from your living spaces.
To get rid of silverfish eggs, focus on eliminating their hiding places. Clean and vacuum regularly, seal cracks, and reduce humidity. Using insecticides targeted at silverfish can also help control their population, call Dawson’s Australia to organise a pest treatment today.
Yes, silverfish can cause damage by feeding on various materials, including paper, clothing, and wallpaper. While they are not harmful to humans, their feeding habits can lead to the deterioration of items in your home.

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Your home is your most important asset – keep it protected! With over 60 years of experience in the industry, you’re in safe hands with Dawson’s Australia.


All treatments are carried out by professional, licensed pest services technicians. We always adhere to Australian standards and use only the highest quality products to ensure your pest problem is treated thoroughly.


Our professional pest technicians are trained not only to treat the pest problem but also to look at the root cause. They will take the time to understand your concerns and provide feedback and recommendations on how to minimise pests in and around the property.


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