Silverfish Control

Silverfish are primitive insects. Several species enter houses and infest areas where starchy materials such as paper books and fabric are stored. They also occur in roof cavities. They are often found fallen into baths and sinks for they cannot climb.

Silverfish are primitive insects.  Several species enter houses and infest areas where starchy materials such as paper books and fabric are stored.  They also occur in roof cavities.  They are often found fallen into baths and sinks for they cannot climb smooth surfaces.  They are covered with small scales and are somewhat flattened.  Silverfish may live for up to four years.  All stages moult, including the adults.
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Control

  
Inspecting goods brought into the home (such as second-hand books) may help to avoid infestation.  Books, files and papers should be stored in light and airy conditions where possible.  Foods kept in kitchen areas should be in sealed containers, and crumbs and scraps cleaned up, making the environment less suitable to silverfish.

 

Sprays of cypermethrin, deltamethrin and permethrin are effective in control of silverfish.  Once controlled, the inspection of various articles such as books and files should keep an environment free of silverfish.