Silverfish have inhabited the planet for over 400 million years sometimes known as the Carpet Shark these little silver wingless critters are nocturnal so the chance of any visible daytime activity is slim.
The opportunity to see them may arise should you switch on a light at night causing them to run for cover! Often found in baths and sinks, their ability to climb rough surfaces but not smooth ones leaves them unable to escape! Silverfish can survive in almost any environment, but they prefer areas with high humidity.
Their preference for damp dark conditions makes bathrooms, attics basements and kitchens the perfect environments for them to lay their eggs. Each female can lay up to 100 eggs in her lifetime. Each egg can take between 2 and 8 weeks to hatch dependant on the suitability of conditions.
Following this they take up to 12 months to reach full maturity and can live up to 3 years with the ability to survive without food for up to 3 months.
So What Makes Them A Pest?
There are over 370 species in the world and Silverfish are well recognised for their destructive feeding habits.
Damaging wallpaper by feasting on the wall paper paste as well as the paper itself they are often partial to books and the glue used for bookbinding. They will happily munch on cereals and food sources as well as cottons and linens!
Silverfish may be brought into the home in old books and papers or furniture but Silverfish may also be found in commercial buildings and libraries (Silverfish restaurants!)
There are steps you can take to prevent silverfish and deal with their presence within your property.
Since Silverfish thrive in damp conditions make sure any leaks are repaired. Silverfish infestations are often a clear clear indication of a leak within the property or caused by condensation.
Inspect walls, ceilings, floors for dampness. Make sure any plumbing leaks are repaired, as well as holes in the structure of the building to prevent pests and water entering your property
Adequate ventilation is a must to prevent a build-up of condensation. This is vital in kitchens and bathrooms. We suggest when bathing, the window should remain slightly open or an extractor fan used. Ensure ventilation when cooking and if you are drying your washing as this again creates favourable conditions for the Silverfish.
If you have an infestation of Silverfish at home or in business please call one of our professionals and we will be happy to help!