Silverfish Control & Treatments in Hampshire & Berkshire

Silverfish

They can make relaxing in the bath a nightmare. Silverfish are small, tear-drop shapes insects measuring up to 19mm in length. They can be brow-grey or bluish-silver in colour, and prefer the humidity of the kitchen and the bathroom.

They look creepy, with three long tentacles on the end of their body and three pair of legs at the top of their body. They don’t have wings and so can’t fly. They are a nocturnal creature and are also elusive. This means you could have been sharing your home with silverfish for longer than you think.

What Attracts Silverfish?

Silverfish are attracted to polysaccharides – books, leather, coffee, sugar, paper, photos, cosmetics and starches – and they are also attracted to damp areas. They thrive in kitchens, garages, attics and basements, as well as bathrooms.

They move quickly, making them even harder to spot. They are slow at reproducing, with the female laying no more than 60 eggs at once and only around 100 in their lifetime. But what they lack in reproductive efficiency that make up for in longevity.

Unusually for insects, silverfish can live for up to five years, survive several weeks without water and can survive a whole year without food.

Preventing Silverfish

They are not a danger to health, do not carriers of nasty diseases or germs but no one wants to share their bathroom with a family of silverfish. Unchecked, their numbers will increase.

The best way of dealing with silverfish is to prevent them in the first place. And this means taking steps to ventilate the bathroom during and after a shower or long soak in the bath;

  • Keep a window open when showering or bathing, if you can.
  • Extractor fans work well to remove moisture from a bathroom.
  • Keep your bathroom as clutter-free as possible – silverfish like to hide and the less places they have to do that, the better.
  • Hang wet towels and keep damp clothing etc. out of the house but especially the bathroom as much as possible.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in bathrooms and kitchens too, cutting down where silverfish can hide during the day.

Dealing with a Silverfish Infestation – Call TAH Environmental

Like most insect infestations, customers can be embarrassed about a silverfish infestation as they assume it is because their home is unclean or unhygienic.

This is not the case. Like most pests, silverfish are attracted to places that are clean and have the right environmental factors for them.

At TAH Environmental, we have dealt with many silverfish infestations and problems. Our team have the latest chemical treatments, safe for use in and around family homes and business premises that are effective in dealing with a silverfish problem.

And with no call out charge and a free onsite assessment, you will have a comprehensive quotation before we start work. Better still, we offer a no-quibble guarantee on all our work so if you spot a silverfish after we have left, call us and we will come back to deal with the problem.
Silverfish

They can make relaxing in the bath a nightmare. Silverfish are small, tear-drop shapes insects measuring up to 19mm in length. They can be brow-grey or bluish-silver in colour, and prefer the humidity of the kitchen and the bathroom.

They look creepy, with three long tentacles on the end of their body and three pair of legs at the top of their body. They don’t have wings and so can’t fly. They are a nocturnal creature and are also elusive. This means you could have been sharing your home with silverfish for longer than you think.

What Attracts Silverfish?

Silverfish are attracted to polysaccharides – books, leather, coffee, sugar, paper, photos, cosmetics and starches – and they are also attracted to damp areas. They thrive in kitchens, garages, attics and basements, as well as bathrooms.

They move quickly, making them even harder to spot. They are slow at reproducing, with the female laying no more than 60 eggs at once and only around 100 in their lifetime. But what they lack in reproductive efficiency that make up for in longevity.

Unusually for insects, silverfish can live for up to five years, survive several weeks without water and can survive a whole year without food.

Preventing Silverfish

They are not a danger to health, do not carriers of nasty diseases or germs but no one wants to share their bathroom with a family of silverfish. Unchecked, their numbers will increase.

The best way of dealing with silverfish is to prevent them in the first place. And this means taking steps to ventilate the bathroom during and after a shower or long soak in the bath;

  • Keep a window open when showering or bathing, if you can.
  • Extractor fans work well to remove moisture from a bathroom.
  • Keep your bathroom as clutter-free as possible – silverfish like to hide and the less places they have to do that, the better.
  • Hang wet towels and keep damp clothing etc. out of the house but especially the bathroom as much as possible.
  • Seal cracks and crevices in bathrooms and kitchens too, cutting down where silverfish can hide during the day.

Dealing with a Silverfish Infestation – Call TAH Environmental

Like most insect infestations, customers can be embarrassed about a silverfish infestation as they assume it is because their home is unclean or unhygienic.

This is not the case. Like most pests, silverfish are attracted to places that are clean and have the right environmental factors for them.

At TAH Environmental, we have dealt with many silverfish infestations and problems. Our team have the latest chemical treatments, safe for use in and around family homes and business premises that are effective in dealing with a silverfish problem.

And with no call out charge and a free onsite assessment, you will have a comprehensive quotation before we start work. Better still, we offer a no-quibble guarantee on all our work so if you spot a silverfish after we have left, call us and we will come back to deal with the problem.

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