Pest Control for Silverfish?

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12:25 PM, 25th August 2015
About 3 years ago

Pest Control for Silverfish?

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Pest Control for Silverfish?

Can anyone advise on whether its the landlords responsibility to get rid of Silverfish?silverfish

They are harmless and occasionally appear at night in dark/damp areas. Ive been quoted £195 plus vat to get rid of them!

Many thanks

Sam



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Neil Patterson

12:27 PM, 25th August 2015
About 3 years ago

Hi Sam,

How many are we talking about and I have just googled silver fish bug spray and got quite a few results.

Mandy Thomson

14:32 PM, 25th August 2015
About 3 years ago

Hi Sam

If you can be sure there isn't a damp issue in the property and/or the silverfish weren't there before, then strictly speaking this is the tenant's responsibility to prevent (i.e. by ventilating and cleaning properly) and getting rid of.

However, for something this relatively trivial, to maintain good relations with the tenant I'd be inclined to foot the bill this time, but explain that's just a good will gesture and they'll be responsible for any future infestations. This is assuming your relationship with your tenants is otherwise good and they're not the types to raise complaints about every silly little thing? If they are, beware!

Sam Harper

15:05 PM, 25th August 2015
About 3 years ago

Thank You Mandy for your advice. I have instructed someone this afternoon. I didnt realize how common these things were! The tenants keep the flat beautifully clean and tidy but I know it has suffered condensation in the past, that maybe why they have appeared.

brian clement

23:23 PM, 25th August 2015
About 3 years ago

I had same problem. I was told that the silverfish live at the edges of the carpets, where the carpets meet the skirting boards. I got some bug spray from the pound shop (in red plastic spray container). I sprayed it round all the edges of all the carpets. It didn't take long. Result was excellent, all dead. Two years later there is still no sign of them. You may want to wear a thin rubber glove should the spray container leak a little when spraying.

Claire Smith

11:28 AM, 26th August 2015
About 3 years ago

We have the occasional one appearing in my mother's flat so are about to buy some spray. If there is a more serious problem I would be inclined to look at the cause rather than paying out to deal with the symptom. They like damp! For the odd one, just give the tenant a spray to deal with it.


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