Silverfish don’t bite or spread diseases to people, but they can damage wallpaper and could be a sign of damp inside the property. Silverfish are often first spotted when they become trapped in baths, toilets and sinks in your bathroom or kitchen. Silverfish nocturnal by nature, so it’s possible most people won’t know they have an infestation until they discover a Silverfish that has become trapped somewhere it is unable to climb free from.
They are carrot-shaped insects, its common name comes from its silvery light grey colour, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements. They around 12mm long and feed on residues of starchy substances such as glue, wallpaper paste and carbohydrate food debris. Adult Silverfish can live for more than three years. Eggs are laid in cracks and crevices and the nymphs grow by an indefinite number of moults.
They thrive in damp environments, so can become more active in winter when colder weather can cause condensation inside some homes, but an infestation of Silverfish can be an indicator of a damp problem that needs attention. If a serious infestation is identified and you don’t feel capable of tackling it, it may be best to call in a professional pest controller. However, if you are comfortable and confident you can treat the problem at how with Products like our Pest Expert Silverfish Treatment Kit.