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SILVERFISH

Silverfish-Lepisma saccharina

Silverfish are a nocturnal, silver/bluish coloured wingless insect. Their name comes from their look and movements which are similar to that of a fish. The Silverfish typically grow to about 1/2 inch in length and can be identified by having 2 long antennas on their head and 3 prominent growths in the rear that resemble tails. Silverfish preferred environment are dark, moist and humid areas, The most common rooms where Silverfish can be found are kitchens, laundry rooms, attics or basements. Within these rooms you will generally find Silverfish in dark, hard to reach corners such as in/under sinks, bathtubs, in storage boxes, and bookcases.

Silverfish reproduce rapidly, typically the female can produces up to 50 eggs. An individual Silverfish can live for several years.

Silverfish do not in themselves pose any danger to human health. However, Silverfish would be categorised as a pest due to the destructive consequence of their presence in a home. Silverfish survive on consuming household items, such as photographs, books and clothes. The Silverfish do this by extracting mould, food matter and sugars from these items.

The presence of Silverfish can often be a symptom of a larger problem in a property, often related to dampness, plumbing or some other structural deficiency. Fundamentally the Silverfish are very difficult to keep out of a house due to their size, as they can often be carried inside within cardboard boxes or containers, which they in turn feed upon.

Once they have gotten a hiding place in a property and begin to reproduce, the population can spread rapidly .Due to the speed with which they can reach maturity and the location of their hiding places a Silverfish infestation can be very difficult to remove,

Silverfish infestations require professional treatment. PestPlus are able to assess the situation within your home and determine the most effective methods of extermination of silverfish for your specific problem.

Contact us to learn more about our silverfish control services

See our “Why Did The Silverfish Return?” blog.

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