Silverfish look a lot like grey silverfish or firebrat. It is difficult to keep them apart because they have the same color, two long antennas and three tail wires. The easiest way to distinguish them is on the basis of their locations. Silverfish tend to look for humid spaces such as a bathroom, laundry room, cellar or kitchen.

There are a number of measures you can take to prevent silverfish from getting into your home. Provide adequate ventilation, this reduces moisture in your home and makes it a less pleasant environment for the silverfish. It also helps to close holes and cracks, although this might be difficult with laminate flooring. However, it is an important step in preventing silverfish from nesting, which can cause a continuous influx of silverfish in your home. This is especially a problem in new-built homes, because they are well insulated. The silverfish thrive in a stable climate that has no draft, so you could have a silverfish issue throughout the year.

Silverfish usually get into your house by hitching a ride on food, moving boxes, furniture and books. Silverfish can live up to 8 years and are capable of laying up to 100 eggs during their lifetime. Young silverfish are sexually mature between 3 and 12 months. This lifespan and cycle can be very problematic when trying to get rid of a pest infestation at home. That’s why people tend to use chemical pesticides, however we recommend trying natural resources like dehumidifying the home (through ventilation or a dehumidifier) and sealing holes and cracks, for example by using standing skirting boards instead of flat skirting boards.