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Why are silverfish considered pests?

Silverfish – Within buildings silverfish may be found almost anywhere. While frequently found in roof cavities they may also occur in wall voids, subfloor areas and many places within the dwelling parts of premises. They feed on most types of human food but seem to prefer starchy materials. When paper of photographs are attacked it is often the outer shiny layer that is most damaged. As well book bindings, cottons, linens and wallpaper are often damaged. Any source of glue or starch is likely to be attacked.

Booklice – The activities of booklice in building rarely cause any serious damage. They are nuisance pests that feed on microscopic moulds that grow on materials such as paper, leather, straw, carpet and certain stored foods when not stored properly. They prefer damp and undesirable locations without adequate ventilation. Booklice are most unlikely to bite humans.

Information Source:
Gerozisis, John, and Phillip Hadlington. Urban Pest Management in Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2001. N. pag. Print.