Irish pest controllers issue URGENT warning to homeowners

21st Feb 18 | News

Irish pest control company, Rentokil, have issued a warning to homeowners following the 171% increase in the numbers of callouts about silverfish insects in January 2018.

The small wingless insects like to inhabit bathrooms due to their cool and moist conditions. They also have an appetite for hair, dead skin, shampoo, clothing, carpets and paper.

Colm Moore, Area Technical Manager for Rentokil said:

“Silverfish (and firebrats) are believed to be one of the most primitive of living insect orders in the world. They are carrot shape in profile and possess long tail-like appendages from the tip of their abdomen and their bodies are nearly always covered in scales (almost like plate armour). Silverfish consume a wide range of food types e.g. oats, beef, paper, textiles etc. They are long-lived and can live up to about three years and possibly even longer.

Some species can also survive long periods of starvation e.g. one individual has been recorded surviving as long as 300 days without feeding. They require damp and humid conditions and thrive in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms and other dark, isolated areas. Fixing leaks in pipework, improving ventilation and using dehumidifiers can help discourage silverfish. They can be found in a variety of common items in households and businesses such as books, wallpaper, paintings, fabrics, carpets, coffee, sugar, pasta and other food debris.

In small numbers, silverfish are not really a problem and you can easily get rid of them, but a large infestation can be a serious issue for your home or business.”

To prevent the presence of these unwanted bugs in your home, Rentokil is advising homes and businesses to take the following steps:

  • Keep dust and debris to a minimum
  • Vacuum thoroughly and store food in containers with tightly sealed lids
  • Dehumidify premises through the use of fans, dehumidifiers, or by opening windows to air them out