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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?
- Human hair
- 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?
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 can I prevent silverfish returning in the future?
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.