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Dealing with Creepy Crawlie Problems in your Home

Sharing your home with any one of the thousands of crawling insect species found in Uganda is never fun. Not only can the spread of diseases be attributed to some ‘Creepy Crawlies’ and ‘Casual Intruders’, but these crawling insect pests can also cause damage to your home and possessions, not to mention the real distress they can cause to the many Herpetophobics – those people with a fear of Creepy Crawlies – in this country.

Types of Creepy Crawlie Problems

There are thousands of different species of ‘Creepy Crawlies’, but a few of the more common crawling insects are:

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Carpet Beetle: This crawling insect species comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours but generally resembles a ladybird in shape. Their colour ranges from black to brown and even white and yellow. Adult beetles are generally 2-3mm in length.

Adult beetles are not a pest in your home, as they tend to live outside and eat nectar and pollen. However, towards late summer they are extremely likely to enter your home and lay up to 40 eggs at a time in any natural fibres - such as curtains and carpets - in your home.

The eggs hatch as larvae within 2 to 3 weeks and it is these larvae – sometimes called Woolly Bears – that cause damage because their diet consists of natural fibre such as carpets, soft furnishings and clothes.


Silverfish: Adult silverfish are 10-12mm long, silver grey in colour and torpedo shaped with three bristles on the end of the abdomen.

Silverfish need moist, warm conditions and are often found in bathrooms and kitchens. These crawling insects feed on food debris and, although they prefer a starchy diet, have evolved to be able to digest cellulose. They can cause real damage if allowed to get in to your paintings or book collections.


Earwig: Adults earwigs are 14-23mm long, dark brown in colour and have forceps at the hind end. The forceps, which are curved in the male and straight in the female, are not poisonous and will simply give you a small nip. 

The female earwig lays about 40 eggs a year and then rears the young herself, which is unusual in the insect world. Earwigs feed on green vegetation and other plants, and as such are more of a nuisance in the garden than in the home.

Want to keep bugs and crawling insects away from your home? Read more on how to get rid of these crawling insects.

If you would like further advice on crawling insects or to arrange a visit by a Rentokil pest control specialist to put in place an integrated pest control programme, call us free on +256 777 090 356 / +256 751 493 293 or email us.