silverfish removalSilverfish Control London

We will identify silverfish, determine the most cost-effective way to get them out of your home and then undertake a solution to keep them from returning. Eviction is guaranteed.

silverfish removal Silverfish Control London

We will identify silverfish, determine the most cost-effective way to get them out of your home and then undertake a solution to keep them from returning. Eviction is guaranteed.

What is a Silverfish Bug?

A silverfish is a wingless insect that is silvery grey colour and moves like a fish, hence the name silverfish. They have an oval, elongated shape with 6 legs and are roughly 3/4 inch long. They do not bite or sting, but their skins can cause irritation to people who are prone to allergies.

Silverfish Pest Control

We are experts in dealing with silverfish problems and infestations; Pestcure Ltd offer effective treatments which will guarantee extermination 100%.

Where do silverfish live?

Silverfish are most commonly found in humid, moist areas such as bathrooms and like most pests, they hide their presence from humans. They have a preference for paper and damp clothing and often take up residence in garages. Despite the fact that they prefer damp, dark places, they can also be found in kitchens as they are attracted to carbohydrate food sources.

What do silverfish eat?

Silverfish prefer to feed on carbohydrates but are not overly fussy. They have been known to eat shampoo, glue and linens such as silk as they are attracted to a substance called polysaccharides that are present in these items.

Are silverfish a serious problem?

Silverfish are not known to transmit diseases but can cause trigger allergies in certain people. Another problem is that they sometimes attract other pests such as carpet beatles, placing more stress on an already stressful situation. Silverfish have the ability to destroy personal items such as books/files and can cause considerable damage in large numbers.

How Would You Get Rid of Silverfish in my Property?

Signs of a silverfish infestation

  1. Spotting a live silverfish:
    In general, most people spot a live silverfish in places such as their sink/bathtub before any other signs. It is only once they start further inspecting that they notice the damage caused by these pests. Seeing a single silverfish is not a sure sign that you have an infestation but it should certainly warrant further investigation.
  2. Marks and droppings:
    You should keep an eye out for feeding marks as well as small pepper-like faeces and yellow stains, especially on wallpaper as they feed on the paste. As the faeces are extremely small, you could miss them so it’s recommended to be extra vigilant if you suspect an infestation.
  3. Shed skins:
    Silverfish often shed their skin throughout their lifetime and this is another clue. The skins are very delicate and sometimes hard to see but again be vigilant and really inspect your surroundings.

How to prevent silverfish

Prevention is always the best course of action as it decreases the chances of silverfish residing in your home. There are a number of simple steps you can take to deter these pests:

1) Reduce humidity:
After you shower or bath, you should always reduce the humidity in your bathroom by using the extractor fan or even opening the window. This is because condensation caused by steam on the walls attracts silverfish and provides an ideal environment to breed in.

2) Declutter:
Clutter gives silverfish a chance to hide; they are very shy creatures and will do anything not to be spotted. By removing clutter, you will expose them to the human eye which they dislike. Regular vacuming in hidden places will also give them less opportunity to evade sight.

3) Food storage:
Keep all dry food in sealed containers as silverfish are highly attracted to the carbohydrates present in these types of foods.

4) Remove adhesive containing items:
Items that contain adhesive such as boxes are enticing for silverfish as they like to feed off of the glue. If they really aren’t needed, you could take them to the recycling centre which will also benefit the environment.

5) Seal off entry points:
The smallest hole could provide a silverfish the opportunity to enter your home. You should check your property for cracks/crevices and seal them using a material such as caulk.

6) Purchase a dehumidifier:
If you live in a moist climate, or your home seems to retain moisture in the air, you should consider buying a dehumidifier. These clever pieces of kit reduce air humidity by upto 60% which will certainly help to deter silverfish

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How to get rid of silverfish

Once an infestation has taken hold, there are a number of things you can do to try to eliminate them from your home.

1) Newspaper:
Roll up some newspaper, wet it and leave it where you suspect an infestation. If there are any silverfish nearby, they might make it there home and start to lay their eggs there. You can then discard the newspaper with the insects inside. Repeat this process as needed.

2) Lay sticky traps:
This will help to trap the insects as they slither round your property. Be sure to lay quite a few all around the house, especially in the bathroom and kitchen.

3) Cedar oil:
Dilute cedar oil with water and spray it around your home to repel them. Silverfish dislike the pheromones that are present in this particular oil.

If your efforts to get rid of silverfish fail then you should consider calling in pest professionals. At Pestcure Ltd, all of our technicians are highly trained in dealing with silverfish infestations and we have various treatments available with a guaranteed service.

Our silverfish exterminator will create a planned solution tailored to your needs and will exterminate them safely and effectively.

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DuncanDuncan
20:01 07 Nov 23
I have a tenanted property and am not local to it. James was diligent, professional and considerate with both the tenant of the property and I; giving us advice on how to deal with the rodent issue we had. I would highly recommend James and Pestcue to solve the problem First rate, honest and keeps to his word.
Tristan CollinTristan Collin
10:49 01 Nov 23
Been hearing scuttling for about a week until two nights ago when it sounded like someone was breaking into our kitchen. We went in to find a huge rat running around the surfaces. The next day we called James from pest cure and he was here within a few hours. During the visit he located the hole the rat was coming through & even saw the rat. By the time he left the kitchen was put back perfectly with two heavy duty traps hidden by the hole (non of those Amazon pieces of plastic). Although he said it could take a week, that night we heard a thwack and saw a dead rat in the morning. Called up James and he said he’d be here the same day to pick up the rat and fill the hole.For something that can make you feel so disgusting in a house, James sorted us perfectly and I highly recommend Pestcure. 10/10.
Cass DevCass Dev
18:30 27 Oct 23
James is a very professional and knowledgeable pest controller. We are currently using his services for a bed bug related issue and he had been brilliant throughout the process, always able to fit in an appointment at convenient times. Would highly recommend him.
Joseph MarkidesJoseph Markides
08:37 25 Oct 23
Unfortunately my issue with Mice in my flat was not resolved. James told me I had a “mild infestation” which I assumed would have been easy for a professional to deal with.Unfortunately, a bit more than a month after James’s initial visit, we still see mice in the flat.James was professional and explained that that there are holes in my walls which are large and difficult to reach which I understand and appreciate. Additionally, James was very responsive and came out to the flat a number of times to investigate the situation which is highly appreciated.However, I hired Pestcure to help me sort out an issue, paid their fee, but after a number of visits the issue continues to persist.Response to reply: I don’t understand why this is so disappointing to you. Imagine my disappointment then when I still see rodents in my flat after I paid your fee. I did mention that I appreciate the fact that you came out multiple times and I did mention that James tried his best. Also the claim that I did not close the holes is ridiculous and undermines your response. This is because I could not close the holes while James had traps and other rodenticides down there. I had to wait until James’s last visit before I took action with another professional.
Timothy PrattTimothy Pratt
12:27 21 Oct 23
Had bedbugs. Appointment was arranged quickly with Pestcure and James came for 3 treatments to get rid of our itchy friends.Was always easy to arrange the next step and James was always flexible and also let me know exactly when he was likely to arrive. James was always extremely pleasant and informative.Most importantly, the difference has been great and it’s been a fortnight (before the 3rd treatment) since we last saw a bedbug.
JADE BEAVENJADE BEAVEN
13:56 08 Oct 23
I can honestly say that pestcure is one of the best companies I have dealt with. My horses stable was plagued with rats and I was at my wits end! James knows his stuff 100% and I am so grateful that my horses food is no longer being eaten by rodents. Thank you so much Pestcure!
John CastleJohn Castle
20:49 07 Oct 23
Iv used pest control people before and haven’t experienced such attentive and great, knowledgeable service. They were just great, dealt with our issue in our offices very quickly and at a good price! Would recommend to all. ThankYou guys
r homawalar homawala
19:53 06 Jan 23
James was very helpful and proactive in helping us with our problem. He explained the procedure and was happy to come back if we had any new problems.
Zoe CopleyZoe Copley
14:05 28 Dec 22
I would highly recommend Pest Cure. James provided excellent service and advice. He was very pragmatic and reassuring. The costs to deal with a mouse issue were very reasonable. The follow up was excellent and he went above and beyond to prevent further incursions by sealing up holes and grates. Overall, excellent, pleasant and professional service.
Grace ThirkellGrace Thirkell
07:49 01 Nov 22
Highly recommend this company. James was so helpful and invested so much time with us to sort our problem. James’s was always on the other end of the phone to provide support and information and really cares about his clients to get the problem solved. Just want to say thank you to James as he helped me through a very challenging time!
Alex HathiramaniAlex Hathiramani
07:49 26 Oct 22
Fantastic experience, James is v knowledgeable and has all the lot needed to remove any issues. Thinks about the client and is reasonably priced unlike other big big competitors who I feel don't have the same skill set. Would definitely re use although I'm hoping I won't need to!So my original review above was last year's issue, this year I had a larger rodent problem, called out James and yet again he's resolved the issue.Issues arose due to rodents living under an outbuilding. James' initial reaction was that it was a drainage issue. He was so thorough, put 2 x cameras down below the outbuilding, removed the decking himself and refused to leave the issue until it was resolved. He came out for 5 visits and after activity seen on camera for over 5 weeks, I've now been 11 days without an issue. This chap is the best in the business full stop, he's fitted drain valves (to stop the rat issue) and persistent rodent bait to eliminate the issue. If the issue comes back I know who to call, but I am at ease now because he has solved the source of the problem and has guided me on how to prevent it in the future. Absolutely brilliant experience and 5 stars really doesn't do his service justice.
Jatin PunjabiJatin Punjabi
22:01 09 Oct 22
James is an extremely professional and kind individual who explains what the problem is and gives his honest opinion. He follows up with good solutions and walks you through the how, what and why. Furthermore, he's helpful throughout the process and is happy to take any further questions or concerns. We used his services for rodent issues and the situation has been improving. Obviously some of it is down to construction issues, but he's more than willing to make you understand the underlying reasons as well. Would highly recommend his service.
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