Slaters are oval shaped in appearance, usually a ‘slate grey’ colour, with a clearly segmented body. Some species are able to roll into a ball when disturbed.

They normally shelter in moist surroundings, under wood and vegetation and need moist conditions in which to survive.

If large numbers occur outside the house they may occasionally cause a problem by entering homes. Their presence inside the house can be controlled by removing any likely shelter and preventing damp conditions around the perimeter of the house.

A spray insecticide or dusting powder can be used to kill them but they can easily be brushed or picked up and they usually dry out quickly and die when indoors.

When buying and using insecticides always:
Read the label carefully!
Follow the manufacturer's instructions!
Wash your hands thoroughly immediately after use!

Page last updated: 19 June 2017