Silverfish are distinctive nocturnal insects with no wings. They can grown up to 2.5cm long and they move their flat silver bodies in a movement similar to a fish, hence the name.
Silverfish love damp, humid environments, so they are commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, and other warm and damp places with a plentiful supply of starchy food.
Although silverfish are not harmful to humans, they are an annoying pest and can cause significant damage thanks to their feeding habits.
How to tell if you have a silverfish problem
You can normally tell if you have a silverfish infestation by spotting them darting about at night. You might also see their cast skins, or damage caused by feeding.
Silverfish feed on starch, cellulose and sugar, so you might spot damage to:
- clothing and fabrics
- paper and books
- photographs and paintings
- sugar, cereals or other carbohydrate foods.
How to get rid of silverfish
Each silverfish can live for up to eight years, with females laying up to 100 eggs, so it’s important to get on top of an infestation as soon as possible.
The most effective way to eradicate silverfish is to take away the conditions that they thrive in. This can be quite difficult, as their favourite places – such as bathrooms – are damp by nature, and they can live for a year without food.
For the best chance of getting rid of silverfish, use a professional pest control firm to remove the full lifecycle of your silverfish infestation – including their eggs – then discourage their return by:
- Improving ventilation, using dehumidifiers or fans.
- Fix any leaks causing damp.
- Keeping food in tightly sealed containers.
For help and advice with a silverfish infestation, don’t hesitate to get in touch.