Homes invaded by skin-eating silverfish that lay 60 eggs a DAY as creepy crawlies sneak into homes for winter
BUGS that feast on skin and lay up to 60 eggs a DAY are invading homes as the cold weather sets in.
Homeowners have been warned about silverfish sneaking into their houses for winter – with the pests known to munch through wallpaper, books, curtains and cereal boxes.
The wingless creepy crawlies thrive in damp conditions and survive by eating pretty much everything – but prefer to feed on dead skin cells and hair.
They can jump up to two feet high and live for eight years.
As the fish-like bugs are able to lay up to 60 eggs a day, infestations can quickly wreak havoc.
With cold conditions hitting the UK and Ireland, homeowners have been warned about silverfish outbreaks and are being urged to keep an eye out for the pest.
In Ireland, pest control service Rentokil has seen a huge surge in the number of callouts – with Dublin alone accounting for 46 per cent of those, reports DublinLive.
Brits have previously been warned about infestations as the nocturnal bugs search for warmth and shelter during the winter months.
Homeowners may be completely unaware they have an outbreak in their property as silverfish often lay their eggs in tiny openings or cracks.
The bugs can, however, sometimes be spotted by their peppercorn-shaped droppings and their skin after they shed.
To keep the pests away, Brits should keep their home clean, make a homemade repellent, spot and fix leaky pipes and taps, and get a dehumidifier to keep the moisture away.
Silverfish are attracted to food residue and moisture – so it is recommended all food is kept in sealed containers.
But if you find you've already got an infestation, a honey and salt trap can catch bugs.
Silverfish also hate the smell of garlic, lemon, lavender and oranges.
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