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Silverfish and firebrat

Sivlerfish(Lepisma saccharina) or Long-tailed Silverfish (Ctenolepisma longicaudata) is a crawling pest that is particularly common in damp indoor environments. It is therefore particularly common in drains, kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Silverfish is a fairly common household pest.

Where do silverfishes come from?

The sugarcane aphid eats starchy materials and breaks down cellulose. This makes it suitable for feeding on bread crumbs and old books, for example. In the bathroom, it likes loose hair and skin cells. In addition, sugar glands can cause holes in textiles. Sugar gnats can enter the home, for example through a small crack or with furniture and objects brought into the home. The housing association can also be affected by sugar gnats, as they spread very easily from one apartment to another through pipes and penetrations.

Get rid of the silverfish

The best way to keep sugar gums out is to keep damp areas such as kitchens and bathrooms as dry as possible, and to keep drains as clean as possible. It is also easier to dispose of sugar traps that have already entered the home in areas that can be dried and ventilated, for example with air conditioning. We can help you to control and eradicate sugar gnats. Contact us!

The firebrat thrives in the warmth

The firebrat (Lepismodes inquilinus) is a much rarer pest than the sugar brome, but it is still widespread in Finland. It requires a higher temperature than sugarcane to live, but it also needs some moisture in its habitat. Oven larvae are usually found near heaters and ovens. We can help with oven mite control. Call us for more information!


The silverfish is a silvery scaly pest about 1 cm long.

Firebrat, on the other hand, are a slightly larger pest than sugar worms. It is also much darker and has yellowish hairs on its sides.

More recently, a new species of long-tailed silverfish (Ctenolepisma longicaudata) has been recorded in Finland (link Wikipedia). The long-tailed silverfish is much hairier and longer (body: 11 mm, total length: 40 mm) and also darker.

Pest control of silverfish and firebrat

First, the situation is analysed and an individual prevention plan is drawn up for the site. This is followed by an effective and high-quality pesticide treatment.

We use a variety of methods to achieve the best possible results as quickly as possible. We also try to avoid the use of biocides as much as possible.

For more information on the control methods we use, please contact our pest controllers. Contact us!

How to prepare?

If needed (additional information will be provided beforehand)

Clear the floorboards of loose items – there is no need to move large objects or furniture such as bookshelves. Also empty the bottom of your wardrobes of clothes and the bottom of the kitchen sink of all belongings. Aquariums and the like should also be covered with cloth or blankets. In addition, their filter system must be switched off.

NOTE! Please also make sure that you are either there to let us in or that your house keys have access to your apartment (security lock is open). If you are not present, you should also make sure that your children and pets are away from your home during the treatment.

Thank you for your cooperation in advance!

Warning time

If needed (additional information will be provided beforehand)

Please note that after the pesticide treatment has been carried out, you and your pets are not allowed to enter your apartment before two (2) hours has passed by. Pregnant women, kids and people suffering from asthma shall stay away at least five (5) hours.