Silverfish Control in Vancouver BC

You may have seen these greyish-brown, scaly and wingless, creepy crawlies hiding in your kitchen cabinet and or basement. These teardrop-shaped creatures are ugly.
It’s no wonder we get calls from clients requesting our expertise!

Are Silverfish Harmful?

No need to panic, Silverfish pose no risk to your health – however, they can cause problems in your home or business if not taken care of as they feed on all types of items including stored boxes, paper, clothing and food – they love to feed on starch and carbs!

Let’s take a closer look at the Silverfish species so you can identify them and locate the source of infestation:

How to Identify Silverfish

Silverfish have elongated and fairly flat bodies (a quarter inch to half an inch long.)
You won’t be able to miss these critters as they are covered with shiny, silvery scales. As like other creatures, Silverfish have 3 pairs of legs. These little guys move fast as they can outrun most of their predators with their light coloured legs and appendages that look very similar to you guessed it, silver fish!

Reproduction of Silverfish

The Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) mating process is fascinating. The male releases a package of sperm called a spermatophore. The female picks up this package with an organ at her rear, and inserts it into her body. The sperm is then released and fertilizes the female’s egg – she then lays her tiny, white, oval eggs in cracks and crevices. It may take from weeks to months for the eggs to hatch depending on environmental conditions. Once the nymph is released from the egg (resembling a smaller, non-shiny version of the adult), it periodically moults (sheds its old shell) as it grows. Eventually as it reaches adulthood, it develops the dark and metallic shine. Silverfish may live from 2-8 years and continue to go through 17-66 moults in their lifetime.

Where Do Silverfish Hang Out?

Silverfish love damp, high humidity areas such as basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens – and anywhere that contains moisture. Nocturnal creatures, Silverfish hangout in cracks and crevices during the day, and become active at night on the hunt for food. You may see yellow stains or scales, leaving behind a trail as it moves.

What do Silverfish eat?

Silverfish are carb addicts! They don’t limit themselves as they eat a variety of items such as paper, starch in clothing, fabrics (especially cotton and linen) and any other foods rich in starch and carbs such as flour, bread, cereals and oatmeal. They’ll even eat glue in the bindings of books! Mold and high protein foods such as dead insects and meat are also attractive to Silverfish – these critters can even survive for several months without food!

Natural Silverfish Pest Control Tips

  • Place a de-humidifier in problem areas – this will limit their ability to reproduce
  • Leave kitchen and bathroom fans on whenever you cook, shower or bathe, limiting humidity.
  • Place glue boards under kitchen and bathroom sinks & behind washer/dryers – Silverfish are attracted to adhesives and paper and catching them can be very satisfying! (Ensure glue boards are not accessible by kids or pets)
  • Caulk all cracks and crevices where Silverfish could lay eggs

Westside Pest Control Has You Covered!

Westside Pest Control provides effective treatments for Silverfish in condos, townhomes, detached homes and commercial spaces. Our knowledgeable and friendly technicians will walk you through the assessment/treatment process and will answer any questions you may have.

Safe, Effective and No residual

  • Our treatments do not stain flooring
  • Our treatments are completely safe for people and pets to re-enter your space after our recommended window of time.
  • We believe in transparency with clients. Our technicians will email you pre/post treatment guidelines for all services, and we’re always available to answer questions.
  • We will walk you through the entire process, and answer all of your questions on-site before we begin treatments.
  • We respect the cleanliness of your home, and will always wear boot covers!
  • We guarantee a 90% improvement – and in most cases, better!

If you suspect Silverfish infestation in your home or business, you don’t want to leave things unchecked. We are Metro Vancouver’s Silverfish experts. Call us today for a free estimate 604-559-9060 or email us at bookings@westsidepest.com