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Silverfish are small, wingless insects of roughly 20mm in length. They have three tails (or cerci) and their teardrop-shaped bodies are covered in silver scales. It is from this colour, of course, that they get their name.

Silverfish habits

Silverfish prefer to live in dark, damp places – when outdoors, they can be found underneath bark or rocks, in lead and plant compost, in soil and in animal burrows.

However, they can also be found in the home. Bathrooms are a common location due to their preference for high humidity areas, but they can also be found in bedrooms, wardrobes, stored boxes in garages or sheds, and on bookshelves.

These pests will eat almost anything, from fungi and plant materials to sugar, fabric, paper, wallpaper glue, photos, leather, hair – you name it. Nocturnal and fast-moving, they try not to be seen by humans, usually hiding in dark crevasses. For this reason they may go unnoticed until a full-blown infestation has occurred.

Dealing with a silverfish infestation

Due to their preference for high humidity (their nymphs grow faster in these conditions), controlling the humidity in your home can go a long way to preventing an infestation in the first place. Additionally, stringent housekeeping is important.

However, if an infestation has already occurred, you’ll be hard-pressed using do-it-yourself methods in order to remove them. Traps and insecticides sold in stores will only kill individual silverfish; they cannot destroy an entire infestation.

KR Pest Control has the knowledge and equipment required to treat both adults and eggs in order to get a handle on potentially damaging infestations. If you believe you have a silverfish infestation in your home, contact KR Pest Control today on 1300 577 378.

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