Woodlice, Silverfish & Earwigs

 

Neither Woodlice, Silverfish or Earwigs pose any threat to health.

Woodlice are not actually insects, but crustaceans, and are distantly related to crabs.  They diffuse oxygen across the surface of their bodies in order to breathe, and require damp conditions in which to do this. They do not do any damage to the environment, and would not harm your property. Removing dead leaves and garden waste from around the outside of the house will help to reduce the levels of woodlice and earwigs fitting of mouse mesh across the air-vents will also help in reducing the numbers found inside.

Silverfish also require damp conditions to live, and can cause damage to wallpaper, book bindings, paper goods and dry foods. They eat irregular shaped holes in wallpaper in order to get to the wallpaper paste. They may also bite holes in natural fabrics, such as cotton, linen and silk. The presence of one (or both) of these may suggest damp or humidity problems, and both can be treated with an insecticidal powder, such as crawling insect powder.

Earwigs are mostly nocturnal and often hide in small, moist crevices during the day, and are active at night, feeding on a wide variety of insects and plants. Damage to foliage, flowers, and various crops is commonly blamed on earwigs, especially the common earwig. Earwigs have five molts in the year before they become adults. Many earwig species display maternal care, which is uncommon among insects. Female earwigs may care for their eggs, and even after they have hatched as nymphs will continue to watch over offspring until their second molt.

We can treat your property for these pests either through fumigation or by direct application of a spray on to the carpets and floors, we will also treat the cavity wall air vents and window frames. We cannot treat household plants repotting with fresh soil will help to combat these pests.

Booking your appointment

Please call 01903 737755 to arrange a pest control appointment. This service is chargeable, please see our pest control fees page for more information. The fee will be payable at the time of booking, so please have your card details ready.