The warmer weather is well and truly upon us, and so are the silverfish.
We’ve packed all our winter woollies away until next year, assuming that when we get them out again they will be intact. Sometimes though, the silverfish have other ideas, finding they have a smorgasbord to feast on for months.
Silverfish grow up to approx 20mm in length, are usually silvery-white in color and are known for their destructive feeding habits. They can survive in almost any environment, but prefer areas of high humidity and they love dark secluded places. Nymphs (newly hatched silverfish) seem to develop faster in these humid areas.
What damage do Silverfish cause?
Many people have never seen these small, reclusive pests, and don’t realise the damage they can do. Silverfish most commonly feed on garments that are made of natural fibres containing a carbohydrate-like starch, including materials such as Cotton, Silk, Linen and Rayon. Clothing that has been damaged by Silverfish will have irregular shaped holes.
Silverfish don’t only feed on clothing, however, they can also ruin items like book bindings, stored paper and wallpaper.
Silverfish can live for up to 4 years, sometimes even going up to an entire year without eating! Stringent housekeeping practices should be a priority when storing your valued items such as clothing, books, papers etc. for any length of time. It is important to store them in airtight containers, rather than cardboard boxes, to limit potential feeding sites.
How to keep my home free of these Silverfish?
If your home already hosts a population of Silverfish, it’s time to get a professional in.
Some people try to eradicate them themselves by purchasing traps and insecticides from stores, but this often only kills off individual insects, and leaves the rest to continue populating. Silverfish, depending on the species, are capable of producing many eggs every few days, which are usually laid in clusters and can be difficult to locate, as they are often found in tiny cracks and crevices.
To treat Silverfish effectively, you need to treat the adult population as well as their harborage areas (where they live). A qualified Technician will assess the situation for you, and determine the most effective treatment to eradicate the infestation.
Please remember, most people only find out they have Silverfish when they spot one on the floor or in the bath or sink, and by then it’s probably too late to save your valued items. Call the professionals and talk to them about a preventative treatment today.
Call 5343 7048 to arrange an inspection today!