What Are Silverfish?
Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) are a curious and common sight, especially in the darkend corners of warm rooms.
Silverfish are present in surprisingly large numbers in many properties but are not always noticed because the food sources, like bird nests and droppings are located in roof voids or wall cavities, etc.
The silverfish belongs to a group of wingless insects called Bristletails that number around 600 species.
Size varies between 15 - 25mm in size. As its common name suggests, it's silver and fish like in the way that it moves across a surface.
What Are The Causes Of Silverfish?
The places you are most likely to see them are in drying rooms, bathrooms (especially under baths) and other places where they like a mixture of warmth, high humidity and low light.
These small insects are adaptable and a 20mm long bristletail was recently seen feeding on dandruff collected on the shoulder of an elderly man. Staff tried to remove it, but it crawled back into the safe confines within the patients shirt collar before it could be caught.
What Do Silverfish Feed On?
Silverfish are very fast and secretive. The only time you generally see Silverfish is when you turn on a light in a dark place and see them scurry away into the darkness of the nearest hiding place.
The Latin name of these insects hints at the diet these pests enjoy, which is primarily composed of carbohydrates like simple sugars, flour and other nutrient substances found in things like dandruff and hair. Silverfish are effective scavengers and Silverfish should not be viewed as dangerous.
Can Silverfish Bite?
Are Silverfish & Bristletails Dangerous?
They are not dangerous, but in large numbers can cause losses of books and other paper products. These insects are a nuisance and not a danger.
How Are Silverfish Treatments Carried Out?
During the daytime most silverfish will be tucked away out of view. What's needed is a residual insecticide.
Residual insecticides are pesticides that provide you with the added benefit of remaining active for weeks or months after application.
Increasead residuality means that the treatment acts on passing insects, gradually subduing any infestation.
The next important ingredient is an Insect Growth Regulator or IGR. The purpose of an IGR is to prevent juvinile insects from maturing into adults capable of reproduction. These chemicals are commonly applied as a spray.
Do You Need To Prepare For Pesticide Treatments?
For the very best results we recommend that you remove from the surfaces to be treated, portable items like chargers, cables and shoes, etc.
We also recommend that you deep clean these areas to remove any residues of dust or food that might disrupt or dilute the effecivenss of the pesticide used.
You will need to be out of the treated area for at least two hours following treatment and you will not beable to walk on treated surfaces without footware until the surfaces are completely dry which takes approximately 4 - 6 hours.
We are usually on site within hours or even faster if it is an emergency. We do charge a small inspection fee but this is refundable against any treatment carried out.
How Quickly Can You Get To Us?
Our standard, same day Service for Silverfish elimination is always available, and for extra peace of mind our 24 Hour Emergency Pest Control Service operates 24/7 so help is never far away.