Crawling insect facts

  • Most insects have wings, but others crawl instead.
    • Some insects that have wings predominantly crawl anyway, such as cockroaches.
  • Crawling insects can be regarded as pests if they:
    • bite or feed on humans.
    • transfer pathogens (e.g. crawling through waste and then across a kitchen worksurface).
    • damage food (such as biscuit weevils); damage natural textiles (carpet beetles); damage wooden structures and furniture (such as woodworm)
    • transmit disease (e.g. body lice can pass typhus between hosts)
    • produce allergens.
  • There are thousands of species of crawling insects! They tend to be named after the thing they most commonly cause damage to.
    • Book lice feed on the paste used in book binding (but also algae and lichen on trees).
  • We refer to a large group of crawling insects as Stored Product Insects. These particularly affect agriculture and manufacturing industries.
  • Silverfish are amongst the most common crawling insect pests in UK homes. They feed on anything that contain polysaccharides (carpet, textiles, glue, hair, paper).
  • Crawling insects generally like to conceal themselves in damp, dark and undisturbed places.

What you can do​ ​

  • Vacuum regularly, moving furniture and lifting carpet runners, wall hangings and pictures.
  • Treat any areas of damp and make sure extractor fans are working effectively.
  • Frequently disturb the dark, quiet corners of your home.
  • Inspect packages coming into your property, particularly if you are not sure of their origin.

If you have a pest bird problem, we will…

  • Identify the species and extent of the infestation.
  • This will determine the course of treatment.
  • If appropriate, our technicians will advise you on housekeeping and offer you a monitoring programme.
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