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What is a Silverfish?

The silverfish (Lepisma saccharina), sometimes called “fishmoth,” “urban silverfish,” or “carpet shark,” is a small insect with a long, slender, flattened body measuring from 12.5mm to 25 mm in length. It derives its name from the light grey and blue colouring which can shimmer and look silvery as it moves its gradually tapering body across floors and surfaces in an almost fish-like manner. Silverfish have a three stage life cycle, unlike many other insects and until maturity the young silverfish are white in colour and lack the silver scales of the adult. From egg to adult takes about three to four months and the female silverfish can lay eggs at any point during the year.

Why do I have them?

Silverfish like humid areas of moderate temperature and are especially fond of kitchen cupboards, laundry rooms, under bathroom sinks, basements, and roof cavities. Dark laces suit them well and they can often be found active at night or in dark places during the day. They do not hibernate so they can be active all year round.

Are they dangerous?

Silverfish are not associated with any disease so although not dangerous they can certainly be a nuisance and cause damage. Their source of food can be anything that contains starch or polysaccharides. Many common items containing this substance are:

  • Sugar
  • Human hair
  • Dandruff
  • Photos
  • Paper
  • Glue (especially wallpaper paste, which they eat after biting a small hole in the paper)
  • Book bindings

Cellulose can also be consumed by silverfish which means that areas like baths, showers and sinks are targets for silverfish looking for the cellulose in shaving foams, shampoo, and other personal products.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Getting rid of silverfish can be a difficult task as they are generally nocturnal and can move about the entire property in search of food and a place to nest. NZ Pest Control is your one-stop company for eradication of silverfish problems. Our highly trained pest control professionals will make a thorough inspection of your property and then create a custom designed solution to rid your property of silverfish in the quickest and safest manner possible.

Can I do it myself?

Do-It-Yourself methods of Silverfish control are often not successful as it takes a trained eye to know just where to look for these fast and slippery pests. Chemicals and pesticides should always be used with great care as they can be extremely harmful to humans and pets if mixed or used incorrectly.

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How soon can you get here?

At NZ Pest Control, we strive to give our customers a rapid, efficient service, and make every effort to be with you as soon as possible.

Is the treatment safe?

All products used by NZ Pest Control, must have first been thoroughly checked by the EPA and registered for pest control use. Only then can they be considered for use by our highly trained pest control professionals. You can be assured that pest control services provided by NZ Pest Control will not cause any harm to humans or pets.

How can I prevent silverfish returning in the future?

Correct any persistent dampness. Silverfish can survive in almost any environment, but they prefer areas with high humidity. Nymphs develop faster in areas that are humid. Therefore, one of the best ways to prevent an infestation is to control humidity.

Removal of or access to food sources and potential harbourages inside and outside is helpful. Silverfish consume a variety of foods, and stringent housekeeping practices may help prevent an infestation by limiting potential feeding sites, such as old books, cardboard boxes and files.

In very damp locations, it is recommended that remedial measures, such as ventilation, damp-proofing, and heating is undertaken to remove the cause of dampness.

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