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Silverfish

More than just a nuisance in homes, Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits and can cause a serious problem in large numbers – 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 pest are also commonly known as fish moths or carpet sharks.

Silverfish control in your business

In small numbers silverfish are not really a problem and you can easily get rid of them, but a large infestation can be a serious issue for your business.

FACT: The Silverfish name derives from their silvery-blue colour, tiny scales and wiggling movement that resembles a fish.

Our expert surveyors will visit your business and come up with a tailored solution that best suits your situation, free of charge.

Providing you’re happy with the recommendation and the price, a Rentokil Technician will discreetly put the plan into action.

A service agreement with a schedule of regular visits will prevent pest infestation problems, such as silverfish, recurring.

Experts in silverfish control

  • Rentokil surveyors are trained regularly on the most up-to-date treatments and pest behaviours
  • Free business site survey
  • Sector specific expertise
  • Discreet and targeted treatment

 

How to identify silverfish

 

(Ctenolepisma longicaudata)

Appearance

  • Silvery or grey in colour
  • Tapered, tail-like appearance
  • Wingless, with 2 slender antennae
  • These teardrop-shaped insects measure up to 10 – 12 mm in length

Lifecycle

 

  • Silverfish reproduction habits vary by species – some species laying a few eggs a day and others laying clusters of 2 – 20 eggs on a daily basis.

Habits

 

  • Silverfish eggs are commonly hidden in tiny cracks or crevices, making them extremely difficult to locate.

  • Silverfish prefer warm, humid places such as bathrooms and kitchens and are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing.

  • Feed on carbohydrates, especially sugars and starches.

Silverfish treatment

A Silverfish infestation requires treatment of both adult Silverfish and their harbourage.

Our BPCA 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.

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