Silverfish Pest Control in Leeds

Silverfish are wingless insects that are about 12mm long. They have bristles on their tail ends and are a silver grey colour. They prefer damp and humid places with a lot of moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms. They tend to lay their eggs in the crevices and nooks of a home or property. They also enjoy eating starchy substances, which includes items like paste or glue as well as flour or cereal. While they are harmless to humans, they can be destructive and annoying if they overtake your home. And with adults living for over three years, their lifespan is not insignificant.

Signs of a silverfish infestation

A silverfish problem is usually characterized by the following signs:

  • Damage to wallpaper, paper products and other natural materials
  • Insects scattering when the lights are turned on
  • Finding insects (dead or alive) in dry food goods such as cereals
  • Stains on paper or textiles


Although they can move very quickly they can get stuck on smooth porcelain surfaces such as sinks, baths and also china ware in kitchens and bathrooms. This can be a tell-tale sign that you have an infestation.

How to reduce the risk of silverfish infestations

Eliminating silverfish from your home or property involves a fair bit of effort. You need to remove the source of the dampness and humidity that silverfish love to inhabit. A dehumidifier will help immensely, but make sure that you regularly dispose of the water that is being removed from the surrounding air. You will also need to remove paper and books from the area, as well as any clothing. If you want to keep certain items while you remove the silverfish from your home, you will need to wrap them in plastic and put them in the freezer for four to seven days. Do not remove the plastic while you are thawing the items.

The Pestserve approach to silverfish removal

Silverfish removal can be time consuming as the creatures can be very resilient. If their limbs are damaged, they have the ability to simply regrow another leg, for example. This can make getting rid of them a feat of endurance. If you’re in a hurry and you want to have the problem resolved without resorting to doing it yourself, then contact Pestserve and let us take care of your silverfish issues for you. Our skilled technicians can handle every step of the process and help you beat your silverfish infestation once and for all. Call us today at 07886 249 030 for more info.