When infestations occur, the distribution throughout a building can be widespread. Chemical treatments usually involve a variety of methods. Our Technicians are experienced in locating and treating silverfish and are equipped with surface sprays, space sprays and roof dusting equipment necessary for effective control.
Why are they considered to be pests?
Silverfish are harmless to our health but feed on, and damage, a variety of items within our homes. They seem to have a preference for starchy materials but will feed on clothing, curtains and other fabrics, paper, photographs, wallpaper, book bindings and glue as well as most types of human food.
What can home owners do to control them?
Inspect incoming goods such as furniture, books and files. Second-hand books in particular are a likely means of bringing silverfish into the home. Avoid any unnecessary long term storage of books and other paper products in closed boxes. Generally cleanliness is helpful and where possible food should be stored in tightly sealed containers. Repellents such as moth balls and camphor robe hangers will protect items within the immediate area and create an unfavourable environment for silverfish to breed. Large infestations will need to be treated by a professional operator.
Silverfish are fast running wingless insects belonging to the order Thysanura (fringe tail). They have a flat slender scale covered body up to about 20mm long, usually a silvery colour and tapering at the rear, superficially resembling the shape of a fish. They have long antenna and three long filaments extend from the abdomen. Naturally, they live in moist environments - under leaf litter, bark, rocks and fallen trees. In our homes they are likely to be found in moist areas such as kitchens and bathrooms but will also favour dark areas that provide food, such as book shelves, drawers, cupboards and roof voids.
Because silverfish are nocturnal they can remain undetected but are sometimes found in sinks, baths and vanity basins as they are unable to gain traction on the smooth surfaces and become trapped.