Silverfish Pest Control & Advice
Predator Pest Solutions are specialists in treating silverfish infestations. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0800 112 3480 or fill in the form on the right.
Information On Silverfish
Silverfish, or the fishmoth, are common throughout the UK and normally live in moist, damp areas of our properties, such as bathrooms, cellars and garages. Given our warm, centrally heated homes, these insects can survive throughout the year, feeding on starches, food debris, wood, paper, wallpaper, carpet or other natural textiles such as cotton. Their food sources mean that they can also live in other areas of your property, such as behind skirting boards or loose wallpaper.
The adult silverfish are wingless with a long, thin, scaly, silver-grey body which is around 12-20mm in length and appears segmented. In addition they have a pair of long antennae protruding from their head and three tail-like appendages protruding from their rear.
There are three life stages for the silverfish: egg, nymph and adult. This begins when the female silverfish lays her whitish eggs in cracks and crevices around her habitat. The eggs will normally hatch into the nymph within 2-8 weeks, with the nymph resembling a smaller version of their adult form. It takes anything from a few months to a year for the nymph to moult around 10 times and develop into an adult silverfish.
Silverfish Infestation & Risks
Silverfish are normally nocturnal insects, feeding at night and hiding by day. If disturbed, they can run very fast back to their hiding places. As silverfish cannot climb smooth or polished surfaces, you may also find them trapped in sinks, baths, cups or glasses.
Silverfish are generally associated with warm, moist and dark locations, so check these areas of your property for any evidence of an infestation, including any moulted skin cases. Their presence can be linked to a defect in your properties damp course or general condition, so it is advisable to identify the source of any dampness and undertake any necessary repairs. Also try to prevent any build up of condensation in your property by keeping rooms well ventilated when cooking or drying clothes.
Silverfish do not present any significant health risk to pets or humans, the greatest risk is the damage they can cause to your wallpaper, books or fabrics, and the nuisance created by their presence.
Silverfish Pest Control
The treatment for your property is normally by the use of a HSE approved insecticide spray. This should be applied around the affected and adjoining areas, driving the silverfish from their hiding places and killing off the infestation. All our silverfish treatments are HSE approved and it is safe to return to and use the rooms that have been treated after a few hours. If you have pets, keep them out of the affected area for at least 24 hours.
In most situations it takes up to 60 minutes for our technician to complete their risk assessment, the required treatment and to brief the customer on the actions taken and next steps, but this can be extended if the infestation is in numerous areas or other hazardous conditions exist. The areas treated should not be cleaned or vacuumed for 14 days.
Once completed the infestation should start to die off, but our technician will return after 7-14 days to confirm this. Some silverfish infestations, especially those in commercial or multi-occupancy buildings may require additional visits to eradicate all activity.
If you have a silverfish infestation:
- Undertake any building repairs and then dry out any damp areas of your property.
- Fill any cracks or crevices with a water resistant filler or other suitable product.
- Regularly shampoo or spray your carpets and furniture with a suitable cleaning product or disinfectant.
- Remove, hot wash or dry clean all curtains, bedding and other loose coverings.
- Hot wash or dry clean any clothing that has come into contact with the infestation.
- Carefully check, clean & clear the rooms of any other personal or valuable belongings before storing them away.
- Remove unwanted newspapers, magazines, books and other paperwork, or protect them, by storing in secure binders or rigid containers.
- Vacuum and clean all affected areas, then throw the waste away in an external bin.
- Ensure the edges of the rooms and any storage areas to be treated are accessible.
- Call Predator Pest Solutions on Freephone 0800 112 3480.
On arrival, our technician will:
- Establish the location and size of the silverfish infestation.
- Determine the most appropriate method to treat.
- Brief the customer on their findings and recommended next steps.
- Ensure the safety of others & protect any food preparation areas.
- Wear their protective equipment and commence with the treatment.
- Determine the correct and optimum locations for any surface insecticide and deploy with minimum impact to the customer.
- If required, implement a regular monitoring regime and maintain a site plan of the locations treated.
- Ensure the area is left safe and provide a written report.