Capable of thriving in most climates, silverfish prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens, and bathrooms. They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing. Commonly found in stored boxes in garages and sheds.

What Do They Eat?

Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits, oftentimes ruining papers, clothing, and wallpaper. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. Cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk, and dead insects may be food sources. They have been found in unopened food packages.

How to Get Rid of Silverfish?

Homeowners often transport silverfish indoors unknowingly. When brought inside the home, cardboard boxes and plastic containers recently stored in infested areas can allow the pests to spread.

Warm and moist spaces, like basements and crawl spaces, attract silverfish. The pests will enter homes through foundation cracks, torn screens, or gaps around doors. Leaving dirty dishes out in the open will also lure silverfish indoors.

How Serious Are Silverfish Problems?

May Cause Allergies

Silverfish often present a mild risk to people and property. They do not transmit disease, but the pests may trigger allergies in some people.

May Attract Other Pests

Their presence sometimes attracts carpet beetles and causes unease due to their strange appearance.

May Cause Damage to Personal Items

While indoors, silverfish also eat grains and chew large holes into clothing, upholstery, or paper. In large numbers, they can cause a lot of damage. Ruined items often include stored files, books, and vintage clothes.


Most often, homeowners detect silverfish when they find one on the floor or in a sink or bathtub. Their feeding damage also can indicate their presence, along with their tiny pepper-like faeces.

Silverfish are pests that thrive in humid conditions. Damp areas, including bathrooms and kitchens, as well as any dark and isolated spaces within your home, are at risk.

The name, silverfish, derives from their silvery, light grey colour and fish-like movements. People tend to see these small, wingless insects as a nuisance, rather than a threat; however, they are unhygienic, especially in large numbers.

It’s common to find the odd silverfish in uninhabited areas of your home, for example, a cupboard under your stairs, but if left alone, they may breed. This can soon lead to infestations in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of the house as they seek food, usually sugary items.

How to Get Rid of Silverfish

Silverfish infestations often stem from an issue with damp, so in order to get rid of silverfish, the damp problem must also be dealt with.

There are a number of causes of damp, including poor ventilation and broken pipes. By solving these problems and applying effective pest control, an issue with silverfish – be it at a business property or your home – can be completely eradicated.

The use of dehumidifiers and heaters, to reduce damp, will aid pest control methods for silverfish removal.


Silverfish are naturally attracted to glucose (sugar), as this is what they feed on.  Land Care Pest Control treatment plan takes advantage of this by combining insecticidal sprays and powders, with sugar-based baits, to get the quickest possible results.

Every property and silverfish pest control problem is different. Generally, however, a combination of insecticidal treatment, with effective management to any damp problems, will result in the total eradication of a silverfish infestation.

Silverfish infestations require professional treatment. Landcare Pest Control will be able to assess the situation within your home and determine the most effective methods of extermination for your specific problem. At the first sign of a silverfish infestation, contact your local pest control professional. Scheduling a home inspection may help you get rid of silverfish.

Landcare Pest Control technicians are fully qualified to help manage silverfish. Since every home is different, our professional technician will design a unique program for your situation.

If you are concerned about a possible silverfish infestation, you can call us now on

07973-662467. We serve South Wales and the English border counties: Abergavenny, Raglan, Crickhowell, Usk, Tintern, Monmouth, Chepstow, Hereford, Newport and Cardiff.