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Silverfish Pests: Why Do They Invade?

Silverfish pests are those tiny silver bugs which look almost like fish.

These insects are relatively harmless. They do not carry any diseases or parasites. That being said, they feed on protein and starchy materials. This means they can damage books, clothing and other items. They also eat objects made out of cotton, linen silk and even leather and wallpaper.

Damaged books are usually the biggest problem that people have with these bugs. They can also leave gaping holes in clothing and other items made out of material. And for all of the above reasons, these bugs can become a major nuisance.

But why are these creatures invading your home? There are many reasons why you may have silverfish pests in your home. Some of these can include.

You have water damage somewhere

Silverfish pests are also attracted by water. If you’re seeing more of them than usual this could be a sign of water damage in your home.

Damp moisture

Water damage can soften wood and cause mould, mildew, fungi and algae to grow. All of which makes a tasty snack for these bugs.

Something is attracting silverfish pests

You could have something in your home which is particularly attractive to silverfish pests. Remember, they like to feed on things like books, clothing and line. They can be attracted by a large library or stored paper. Having stored clothing or linen could also be the reason why you’re seeing these pests.

Your house is filled with clutter

Insects love hiding in places where no one can see them. They especially love hiding in great big piles of clutter.

Silverfish Lepisma saccharina

Silverfish pests are no exception. These bugs love eating paper, magazines and books. So if your house is cluttered up with paper, you could be creating a magnet for silverfish pests.

Silverfish pests are hard to keep out

The easiest way to avoid silverfish is often to simply avoid the circumstances that make your home hospitable to them. You can also buy special traps which target them, or better still, call in a pest control expert like Diamond as soon as possible. Preferably before the problem gets any worse.

If you have these insects in your home, it’s going to be because they found a way to get inside your house. They are very small with flat bodies. This means that silverfish can get in through the narrowest of gaps. And if your house is an older property with all the attendant cracks and gape


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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