Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) Biology and treatments



Silverfish are 10-20 mm long, are wingless and have a elongated tapered body with distinctive bristles at the end, long antennae and are covered in silvery scales, which gives them a metallic appearance. Silverfish are nocturnal and are scavenging insects, residing in cracks and crevices under tiles, frames, floor boards etc. Silverfish infestations are a sign of dampness as they prefer to live in areas such as bathrooms and in kitchens near sink units.

Silverfish control methods

Silverfish pest control is quite straightforward and an effective approach is combatting dampness, as silverfish can not survive in a dry environment. Dampness can be combatted by using de-humidifiers, electrical heaters and adequate ventilation. A good non-toxic alternative we might employ is the use of diatomaceous earth in cracks and crevices as it is a good desiccant and will kill any silverfish that come into contact with this powder. Alternatively we can apply residual insecticides in cracks and crevices were silverfish reside.

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