Silverfish Treatment

At Dream Pest Control, we’re experts in silverfish treatments, ensuring your home remains pest-free.

Facing a silverfish problem in your Gold Coast home? Don’t let these ancient pests cause further damage. Contact Dream Pest Control today for a free quote on our comprehensive silverfish treatment. We use scientifically backed methods to ensure effective and long-lasting solutions.

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What Are The Signs Of A Silverfish Infestation?

Silverfish are named this due to their silvery scales and undulating movements that mimic a swimming fish. 

These pests have an intriguing history. In fact, they’ve roamed the Earth for over 400 million years, long before dinosaurs made their first appearance – a testament to their hardy survival skills! This remarkable fact gives them the title of being amongst the oldest insects known to man. While they may not pose a significant health risk, their presence can cause distress and extensive damage to your belongings. 

  • Visual sightings: One of the most obvious signs is actually seeing a silverfish. They are nocturnal creatures and prefer to hide during the day. If you’ve seen one, it’s likely there are more hiding in your home.
  • Damage to Photo Albums and Photographs: Silverfish can threaten your precious and irreplaceable memories, as they are attracted to the adhesives in photo albums. Their feeding leaves marks and damage on photos and album pages, turning priceless keepsakes into their next meal. If you see unexplained wear on your photographs, silverfish might be responsible.
  • Damage to paper and fabrics: Silverfish are known for their diet which includes cellulose and starches. This means they often damage books, wallpaper, and natural fibres such as cotton and linen. If you notice unexplained damage to these items, it could be the work of silverfish.
  • Yellow stains and scales: Silverfish shed their skin as they grow, leaving behind tiny scales. These, combined with their excrement, can leave yellowish stains on books, clothing, and other areas they frequent.
  • Mysterious holes and scratches: Silverfish have a tendency to chew through materials, which can result in small, irregularly shaped holes. They also leave behind etched surfaces with tiny feeding marks and scratches, especially on paper and cardboard.
  • Silverfish droppings: Like many pests, silverfish leave behind droppings. These will look like tiny black specks or pepper-like pellets. If you spot these, it’s a clear sign of an infestation.

If you observe any of these signs, it’s crucial to act quickly. Silverfish can reproduce rapidly and live for up to 8 years, a life expectancy many times longer than other common household pests! so a small problem can easily turn into a major infestation if left unchecked. Our professional silverfish treatment services at Dream Pest Control can help effectively manage and eliminate these pests.

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish?

Silverfish infestations can be particularly challenging to control due to their nocturnal nature and preference for hiding in small cracks and crevices throughout your home. They reproduce quickly and are resistant to many types of common pest control treatments, making them a persistent nuisance. However, there are several proactive steps you can take to reduce the attractiveness of your home to these pests and limit their numbers. Please remember, while these steps can help deter silverfish, dealing with a widespread or persistent infestation will likely require professional assistance.

  • Reduce Humidity: Silverfish thrive in moist and humid conditions. Consider investing in dehumidifiers and fans, particularly in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens, to lower humidity and make your home less inviting to these pests.
  • Regular Housekeeping: Regular cleaning, particularly in hidden and hard-to-reach areas, can disrupt potential habitats and breeding grounds.
  • Seal Entry Points: Silverfish can enter your home through cracks and gaps in the walls, windows, and doors. Sealing these entry points can help keep them out.
  • Proper Storage: Store books, photographs, clothes, and other potential food sources in airtight containers or sealed plastic bags. This prevents silverfish from gaining access to their favourite food sources.
  • Professional Pest Control Services: Silverfish infestations can be challenging to eliminate completely due to their nocturnal habits and preference for hidden spaces. Dream Pest Control offers comprehensive silverfish treatments that effectively tackle the infestation at its source, ensuring the long-term protection of your home. Our expert technicians use safe and effective methods to remove silverfish and prevent future infestations.

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Silverfish Species on the Gold Coast

Silverfish (Lepisma saccharinum)

Appearance: Silverfish have teardrop-shaped bodies and are usually a light grey or silver colour. They have three long bristles on their rear and two long antennae on their head.
Size: Silverfish typically measure between 1.3 to 2.5 centimeters in length.
Life Cycle: The silverfish life cycle begins when a female lays her eggs, typically in small crevices or cracks. The eggs hatch into nymphs, which resemble smaller adults. They can reach adulthood in three months to three years, depending on conditions, and can live for up to 8 years.
Habits/Habitat: Silverfish prefer dark, damp environments and are most active at night. They feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. For example, they can consume glue, book bindings, plaster, paper, photos, sugar, coffee, hair, dandruff, and even their own molted exoskeleton if food is scarce. In homes, they are often found in attics, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.