November 28, 2020

Creepy little pest is plaguing Waterford’s homes

Waterford is suffering from infestations of a creepy little pest called a silverfish.

Rentokil, the pest control provider, has reported an increase in numbers of the insect everywhere but Waterford is one of five counties worst hit. The others are Dublin, Cork, Galway and Kildare.

Silverfish are about a centimetre long, silver or grey in colour, with tiny scales and two antennae. The insects can lay up to 60 eggs every day, so a small problem can quickly become large.

An infestation of silverfish can result in damage to books, photographs, paintings and  plaster as they feed on  starch and cellulose. They also feed on human debris such as dead skin and hair.

Silverfish eggs are hidden in tiny cracks or crevices, making them difficult to locate.

Rentokil advises householders to:
*Deny them food by vacuuming and keeping dust and debris to a minimum..
*Store your own food in containers with tightly sealed lids.
*Dehumidify premises by using fans, dehumidifiers, or by opening windows.
*Make sure all cracks in walls and skirting boards are filled.”.
Rentokil has experienced an 89% increase in the number of callouts for silverfish over the past three months
Richard Faulkner, a consultant for Rentokil said: “Rentokil has experienced a recent increase in silverfish callouts, and we expect this trend to increase in the coming months, as these insects tend to seek shelter in homes and businesses as the weather gets colder outside.”

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