Silverfish can cause extensive damage throughout your home.
The name derives from the insect’s silvery grey colour, combined with its fish-like movements. Also known as a fishmoth, it is a small wingless insect known for it’s destructive eating habits, including carpet, clothing, hair, paper, plaster, cotton and linen. During famine it has even been known to attack leather!
Silverfish can survive in most climates, but they are happiest in high humidity. Therefore, they usually infest in dark, damp areas, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms and basements. As they are nocturnal and move very quickly they are very hard to spot until an infestation has truly taken hold.
Female silverfish can lay up to 20 eggs a day, and eggs are usually hidden in small cracks and crevices making them difficult to locate, so infestations can grow rapidly and without any warning.
Over-the-counter insecticides will only kill single insects, so a silverfish infestation requires professional pest control treatment to eradicate insects and the eggs.