Believe it or not, silverfish can invade your London home in large numbers. As members of the crustacean family, these insects are highly attracted to humid, damp environments. This is the reason why they can be mainly noticed in bathrooms and basements.
While these pests do not necessarily transmit bacteria or diseases like other pests, silverfish can be a severe nuisance because of their large numbers. They will search through your home for any starchy food sources, which is their main source of sustenance.
This often includes stored, dry food such as cereals and pasta, decaying matter in the soil, or even paper products around your house. Silverfish have been known to chew on the wallpaper, toilet paper, and cardboard in many London homes. Anything stored in a cardboard box will be at risk of a silverfish infestation.
Silverfish Life Cycle
Silverfish go through gradual metamorphosis, meaning that their immature stages look very similar to adult stages, but they lack the ability to reproduce. In fact, a female silverfish can lay about 100 eggs in her lifetime. Silverfish eggs are very small, white, and oval-shaped, and are typically laid in small cracks or crevices or under stones or leaf litter. After the silverfish eggs hatch, the young silverfish are called nymphs.
They are small and white but look and behave very similar to adults. They will soon start to shed their skin or moult, as they develop. During their lifetime (generally 2-3 years) they may moult up to 18-70 times. This is significantly more than the majority of other insects. These cast-off skins can contribute to allergies because they can get into the air and be breathed in.
Having a silverfish infestation in London
can be a pain in the lower posterior. These pesky pests are very good at hiding and sometimes it can be really difficult to notice them, especially when you don’t know what to look for. The most common signs of silverfish infestation include:
Seeing Live Silverfish - Since they are nocturnal creatures, you may not see them often, but that doesn’t mean they are not around your London property. However, spotting a silverfish does not guarantee an infestation, but it should be cause for a more thorough inspection.
Shed Skin - As we previously mentioned, silverfish shed their skin throughout their life cycle. Their outer shells might be small and delicate, but with the proper examination, they can be another important clue to a possible infestation.
Yellow stains or Dust - If you do not notice the actual skins, you may notice yellowish dust that is left on surfaces as they moult. Yellow stains in books, papers, and cardboard boxes can also state that silverfish have been there recently.
Silverfish Droppings - Silverfish droppings are fairly unique, so they can be used to help identify their presence. The silverfish droppings are small, black peppercorns and are found in areas where silverfish frequent like bathrooms, basements, garages, lofts and storage areas. Without a careful examination, these droppings might be easily missed.
Damages - The easiest and most usual way that people stumble upon silverfish infestations is by discovering damage that they have caused. Silverfish are well known for their love to eat carbohydrates like sugars, starches, papers, book bindings, adhesives, wallpaper, and even linens. If you notice several holes chewed through items like these, you might be dealing with a silverfish problem.