Although sometimes mistaken, Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) are in fact insects. They have small, teardrop shaped bodies without wings which can be up to 30mm in length. Their name was given because of their scaled skin and silver-blue colour, they move with a motion resembling that of a fish swimming through water. Silverfish have long antennae which is curved and at their rear three distinct bristles. Their appearance will not change much with time, the only difference is their colour, silverfish nymphs are generally creamy white. Silverfish are generally linked to damp areas within a property. When noticing that you have an infestation always pay particular attention to any leaks that may be present and also areas with lots of condensation.
What damage can Silverfish do?
Although they can look scary Silverfish don’t spread any known diseases and to humans they are not venomous. They are not known to bite us humans and there is no proof that they can. A silverfish infestation could possibly have an indirect effect on humans and our health. They are prey to various pests such as cockroaches which could harm humans or spread diseases (see our cockroach page for more information).
Households in the UK have made reports of damage caused by silverfish which includes various household objects, this can be things like leather furniture, books and important documents. They can also feed on wallpaper and its glue and a very large infestation could easily strip your walls of its coverings!
How do I get rid of Silverfish?
Normally a change in temperature can help reduce populations of Silverfish. To totally eradicate Silverfish, you may have to use chemical methods of control. The Pest Master will use a variety of professional sprays in all affected areas to ensure complete control.