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Silver Fish

Silver Fish
Latin Name:Lepisma saccharina
Length:12-19 mm
Color:White to brown-grey or bluish-silver in color
Digestive Tract:Yes

Silverfish Pest Control

Silverfish are small silver coloured insects, usually 12 -19 mm in length, with three distinct bristles at the back. They live in dark, humid areas such as basements, cellars, bathrooms and kitchens. They live off carbohydrates and therefore eat sugars, starches, cellulose, shampoo, glue in books and bodies of dead insects. An adult can have a life span of up to three years. Whilst they do not affect humans directly, they can cause significant damage in the home if they are present in significant numbers, which is likely once they gain a foothold as they reproduce rapidly.

Silverfish reproduce after a distinctive mating dance where the male stimulates the female to lay her eggs and then fertilises them. Females can lay one to three eggs per day and batches of twenty eggs are commonly found. Both the adult and its eggs are resilient.

Signs of silverfish infestation

There are some tell-tale signs of a silverfish infestation:

  • Insects present in baths, washbasins or showers because they find it difficult to navigate smooth surfaces.
  • Insects may be present in food items, particularly flour and cereal as carbohydrates are their main food source.
  • As silverfish are nocturnal insects they will run away from light and you may notice them when you first put on a light at night.
  • Damage to paper products such as wallpaper.
  • Stains on wood, fabric or paper surfaces.


Silverfish like to live in dark, damp surroundings so removing sources of damp and humidity is an essential to prevent silverfish infestation. Dehumidifiers can help reduce humidity, by removing water from the surrounding air. Regularly emptying the water collected in the dehumidifier container is essential, to avoid attracting the silverfish you are attempting to discourage. Remove potential food sources for the silverfish, such as clothing, books and newspapers. Store these goods enclosed in vacuum packs, if they need to remain in the area.

Silverfish Removal

Established silverfish infestations are difficult to remove. Silverfish lay their eggs in dark, inaccessible places so finding the young silverfish or eggs is often problematic. Insecticides will only kill individual insects, not the colony. Traps are similarly ineffective. The use of cinnamon to repel silverfish is common but it doesn’t kill the insects or their young.

The successful elimination of silverfish requires a combined treatment, removing adults, eggs, nymphs and their habitat. Most do it yourself remedies concentrate on the adults.

Silverfish eggs are white and difficult to find and identify, as the silverfish are prolific breeders, elimination of the eggs and developing young is essential to completely remove the infestation.

Benefits of professional silverfish pest control

A professional pest control service like here at Speedy Pest Control will assess the problem, looking for tell tale signs of silverfish infestation, advise on prevention and carry out a comprehensive elimination process to remove the adults, nymphs and eggs. This may involve repeat treatments to be completely effective. Don’t rely on insecticides that only treat the adults but leave the problem unsolved, call in the professionals and remove the silverfish infestation completely.

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Silver Fish Pest Control

Silver Fish is a small wingless insect which belongs to Animalia Kingdom. Commonly known as Paramites. Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits. If you find any silverfish inside your home, spray the home’s perimeter with a residual insecticide.

By doing this, you can get rid of them.

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