What Are They?
Silverfish are silver-grey in colour, torpedo shaped, and about 12mm long. They have long antennae, no wings and prefer the dark. When disturbed they make short, darting movements similar to fish.
Where Do They Live?
Normally outdoors where they like moist places. Indoors they are usually found in moist areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. They are harmless to humans.
What Do They Eat?
Damp wallpaper, moulds, starch food, etc.
What Can I Do To Get Rid Of Them?
Since silverfish prefer moist conditions, curing dampness will make the house unattractive to them.
In addition an insecticide dust which may be bought from a garden centre or chemist may be used. Choose one which says on the label that it is suitable for crawling insects including silverfish. Apply this under the edges of carpets, under skirtings and under base of the sink unit. Follow the instructions on the container carefully.
Remember pesticides can be poisonous to children and pets. After use store container and contents away from children, or dispose of empty containers safely.