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Silverfish Inspection and Extermination
Herefordshire & Worcestershire

PGM & SON Pest Control Services | Hereford | Worcester

What are silverfish and how to get rid of them from the pest experts at PGM & SON, we are the largest local BPCA approved pest control company serving Hereford and Worcester.

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Welcome to PGM & SON, your trusted partner in effective pest control solutions. If you've stumbled upon this page, you may be dealing with a silverfish issue, and we're here to help. Our expertise in pest management ensures that you receive not only immediate relief but also long-term prevention strategies.

Silverfish, those small, silver-hued insects measuring around 12mm in length, often go unnoticed until they become a nuisance or, worse, a significant problem.


Recognising the signs of a silverfish infestation is crucial for prompt intervention. In this guide, we'll delve into the habits, habitats, and control measures for these elusive pests.

Are you wondering about the connection between silverfish and damp environments? Curious about the potential risks they pose?


Stick with us as we explore these aspects and provide insights into maintaining a pest-free living space.

Silverfish Inspection and Extermination

Have you seen silverfish in your business or property?

Silverfish may be an indicator of a damp problem so it’s always best to get it checked out.
Silverfish are small wingless insects around 12mm long and silver in colour with a distinctive cigar-shaped body.
Silverfish are very common across the world and they thrive in human habitats due to our lifestyles. Whilst silverfish are mostly considered to be a nuisance, if they increase in significant numbers, they can become a problem particularly in environments such as sterile places, for example, hospitals.

So, if you have a problem with silverfish give us a call and we’ll offer advice and solutions for you.

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Identifying a Silverfish Infestation:
Recognising the signs of a silverfish infestation is the first step toward effective pest control.

By being vigilant for these signs, you can promptly address a silverfish infestation before it becomes a more significant concern. If you suspect a problem, don't hesitate to reach out to PGM & SON Pest control Services for expert advice and customised solutions.

Keep an eye out for the following indicators:

1. Damage to Paper Items: Silverfish have a penchant for feeding on starches found in paper, glue, and wallpaper paste. If you notice unexplained damage to books, photos, or plaster items, it could be a sign of silverfish activity.

2. Silverfish Sightings: These nocturnal insects prefer dark and damp environments, making them elusive during the day. Spotting silverfish in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, cellars, or attics, especially during the nighttime, may signify an infestation.

3. Distinctive Shaped Droppings: Silverfish leave behind tiny, pepper-like droppings with a distinctive shape. Look for these droppings in areas where silverfish are likely to congregate, such as in cracks, crevices, or near their feeding sources.

4. Silverfish Scales: Shedding is a common behavior among silverfish. If you come across tiny, silver scales resembling fish scales in areas where silverfish are active, it's a strong indication of their presence.


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  • Found in damp areas, commonly bathrooms, kitchens, cellars and attics – they thrive in humidity

  • Nocturnal in habit

  • Mainly feeding on starchy substances such as carbohydrate foods, glues and wall- paper paste

  • Can be destructive, feeding on paper items such as books, photos and plaster



  • They lay their eggs in cracks and crevices

  • Nymphs grow by an indefinite number of moults

  • Adults can live for over 3 years, taking up to a year to reach adulthood


Control Measures

  • Treat areas of damp

  • Control of humidity

  • Keep dust and debris to a minimum

  • Vacuum regularly

  • Store food in containers with tight fitting lids

  • Use of approved insecticides are most likely to prove effective.

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Silverfish Health Risk and Concerns

Silverfish, by nature, are not known to pose direct health risks to humans. They do not bite, sting, or transmit diseases. However, their presence in large numbers or over an extended period can indirectly lead to certain concerns:


In some cases, individuals with existing allergies may experience mild allergic reactions to silverfish scales or droppings. Although rare, it's essential to be aware of potential sensitivities.

Damage to Property

While not a health risk per se, the damage caused by silverfish to paper items, photos, books, and other materials can be a significant concern, especially for sentimental or valuable belongings.

Indirect Impact on Respiratory Health:

Silverfish are attracted to damp environments. If they thrive in areas with high humidity, it could contribute to the growth of mold and mildew, which can have implications for respiratory health.

It's crucial to address silverfish infestations promptly to mitigate the risk of property damage and create a healthier living environment. If you have concerns or questions about the impact of silverfish in your home, PGM & SON Pest Control Services are here to provide expert guidance and tailored solutions. 

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Professional Pest Control Services: Your Silverfish Solution

Expert Assistance

Our BPCA trained technicians conduct a thorough assessment of your property to identify the extent of the silverfish infestation. This allows for a targeted and effective treatment plan.

Advanced Techniques

We employ cutting-edge techniques and industry-leading practices to tackle silverfish infestations. Our methods go beyond surface-level solutions, ensuring a more lasting and reliable outcome.

Tailored Solutions

Every home is unique, and so is every infestation. Our professionals provide personalised solutions tailored to your specific situation, addressing the root causes and minimising the risk of recurrence.

Specialised Treatments

Our arsenal includes specialised treatments designed to eradicate silverfish efficiently. We utilise safe and approved insecticides with minimal impact on your living environment while maximising effectiveness.

When it comes to pest control, trust the experts at PGM & SON Pest Control Services. We are committed to providing you with a pest-free environment. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Silverfish

What do silverfish look like?

Silverfish are small, wingless insects measuring around 12mm in length. They have a distinctive silver color and a cigar-shaped body.

Where are silverfish commonly found?

Silverfish thrive in damp areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and lofts. They are attracted to humid environments.

Are silverfish harmful to humans?

Silverfish are not harmful to humans as they do not bite, sting, or transmit diseases. However, they can be a nuisance and cause damage to paper items.

How can I identify a silverfish infestation?

Signs of a silverfish infestation include damage to paper items, spotting silverfish in dark areas, distinctive droppings, and the presence of silver scales.

What are some preventive measures for silverfish?

Preventive measures include sealing entry points, reducing humidity levels, proper ventilation, storing items in airtight containers, regular cleaning, and using moisture-absorbing materials.

Can I handle a silverfish infestation on my own?

While DIY methods may provide temporary relief, professional pest control services are recommended for a more comprehensive and lasting solution.

How long do silverfish live?

Silverfish can live for over three years, taking up to a year to reach adulthood. They lay their eggs in cracks and crevices.

What should I do if I find silverfish in my home?

Contact PGM & SON Pest Control for expert advice and solutions. Our team can assess the situation and provide tailored recommendations for effective silverfish control.

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