Learn about the Silverfish species; their appearance, lifecycle and habits
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More than just a nuisance in homes, Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits and - in large numbers - can cause a serious problem; damaging books, photographs, paintings, plaster and other household items containing starch or cellulose.
Silverfish survive in most environments, but thrive in conditions of high humidity and can often be found in dark, damp areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, basements and attics.
Characterised by a silvery-blue colour, tiny scales and wiggling movements resembling that of a fish, these pests are also commonly known as fish moths or carpet sharks.
Silverfish (also known as fish moths) are serpentine insects that require damp and humid conditions and thrive in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms and other dark, isolated areas. Fixing leaks in pipe work, improving ventilation and using dehumidifiers can all help discourage silverfish.
Silverfish feed on:
They can be found in a variety of common items in households and businesses, such as books, wallpaper, paintings, fabrics, carpets, coffee, sugar, pasta and other food debris.
Deny silverfish sustenance by keeping dust and debris to a minimum, vacuum rarely disturbed areas in the home and store food in containers with tightly-sealed lids.
DIY products, such as sprays, can help control silverfish populations but large or repeated infestations will require professional treatment. Rentokil offers experienced technicians and expert, targeted solutions catered to your needs.
A Silverfish infestation requires treatment of both adult Silverfish and their harbourage.
Our SAPCA certified technicians will be able to assess the situation and advise on the most effective treatments to manage the infestation in your home or business.