Silverfish

How does fumigation work?

For silverfish we use a product called Pestigas which is 99% carbon dioxide and 1 % Pyrethroid. The carbon dioxide acts to suffocate any flying insects and the Pyrethroid acts as an insecticide.

Will the fumigation be dangerous to my fish in my fish tank or to my birds?

Yes, so it important to completely seal off the tank with an air proof seal such as Glad Wrap and turn off the filter.

If you have a small tank it may be more convenient to move the tank to an outbuilding.

You will have to remove your bird to a location outside the house. Dogs, cats and aviaries outside will be safe. If you have a dog or cat door entry you will have to prevent your pet from gaining access to the house.

Is there anything I can do in preparation?

Yes, for the most effective treatment we would ask you to empty your wardrobes and drawers of clothes. These may be put on your bed so we can put a residual spray inside your cupboards. If you could also move furniture away from the walls so we can spray the skirting boards our treatment will be more effective.

How long should I be out of the house after you have fumigated it?

We recommend four hours absence from the house and we suggest that you fully ventilate the house upon your return.

What can you tell me about silverfish?

Silverfish can be found in moist places such as kitchens and bathrooms, underneath floors, sinks, in cupboards, and along pipes where they hide during the day and feed during the night. They are extremely fast runners and are sometimes you will see them trapped in wash hand basins or baths where they are unable to climb out.

Silverfish are scavengers and can cause damage in the home by eating materials such as wallpaper, books, clothes and other materials that are high in protein, sugar, starch, cereals. They seldom damage fibres of animal origin such as wool. Tell tale sign of silverfish include scales, excrement, or yellowish stains on paper or fabric.

A female will lay less than 100 eggs during her lifetime depositing them in damp and warm places such as cracks and crevices or behind skirting boards. The eggs hatch after two to eight weeks depending upon conditions. The lifecycle being completed within 3 – 4 months in warm humid conditions, or within 2-3 years in cooler dryer conditions. Newly hatched insects are about 2mm long and look like miniature adults. The insects and their eggs can be brought into the home in cardboard boxes, books, papers, starched and rayon fabrics, and other carbohydrate materials.