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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Silverfish Infestation and Information

Silverfish Infestation

Nocturnal, secretive and wingless, the carrot-shaped Silverfish has been on the planet for 400 million years. With fossilised remains being found, it makes this small silvery, scaled insect one of the first to have roamed the planet.
This, however, will be of little comfort if you are inundated with wriggling Silverfish in your kitchen or bathroom.

No impact on human health

First and foremost, despite their unwanted appearance in your bathroom or kitchen, Silverfish do no present a hazard to human health. Silverfish naturally live in damp, dark and dank places, such as under logs, in leaf litter and so on but, like so many other pests, our homes can provide the conditions that they seek - food and shelter.
In fact, spotting Silverfish in a property can be a sign of damp conditions, possibly hitherto undetected.

Protein rich diet

Silverfish search for protein, and they find it in many different places, one place being the glue and gum of book bindings, wallpaper and such like. As a result, every library across the country dread the day they see a Silverfish on its shelves as there will be damage.
On one hand, you could spot only one or two Silverfish but, what can be a common occurrence is that once you spot one, there can be a whole army of Silverfish hiding in cracks, crevices, behind peeling wallpaper, behind skirting boards etc.

Dealing with infestations

For you own peace of mind, as well as to prevent further damage, an infestation needs to be dealt with but, the miniscule nature of this silvery, scaled insect can mean that the measures taken need to be thorough. The good news is, a professional pest controller can deal with the issue relatively easily and quickly.
Once an infestation of Silverfish has been confirmed, the following action needs to be taken...
·      the reason why the infestation has occurred will need to be identified; in some cases it can mean that there is a leak in in the plumbing, or possible a damp issue within the fabric of the building
·      our habits may also need to change - for example, drying wet clothes inside or using a non-vented dryer can all contribute to creating the damp conditions that can attract Silverfish in to a home
·      the use of a de-humidifier may be called for in the property too to dry it out
·      Books and clothing can be frozen for 4 to 7 days as the extreme cold kills Silverfish and eggs

The Silverfish life cycle

There is no mating season for Silverfish - the male inset lays its sperm on a silk thread, which the female then simply walks over to fertilise her eggs. Laying 100 eggs or more over her lifetime, these almost too-small-to-see eggs will hatch, producing identical looking insects.
Living for 3 to 6 years, the Silverfish sheds and moults as it grows (another giveaway sign you have a Silverfish problem) and also leave excrement and small, yellow urine spots on books, paper and fabric; keeping damp areas, such as basements of a property free from paper based junk (piles of newspaper etc.) is one way of keeping Silverfish at bay

Heed the appearance of Silverfish as a sign of damp!

Although we are becoming less tolerant of pests in the home, their presence can also be a helpful indication that something is not right. Simply eradiating them but not dealing with any underlying damp issues, will mean that within a few weeks they simply re-appear.
Check everything from leaking plumbing, to guttering and other areas where damp could be seeping in to your property. Seal cracks and crevices too but, before if you believe you have Silverfish in your basement, kitchen or bathroom, call us for advice and cost-effective treatment options.