Warning over outbreak of fish-like bugs that lay 60 eggs a day

A worrying outbreak of a bug that can lay around 60 eggs per day has hit Dublin.

Pest control company Rentokil claims that a silverfish outbreak is underway, having responded to a high number of call-outs, reports Dublin Live.

And homeowners are being told to look out for the nocturnal bugs, because they will start to move indoors as the outdoor weather gets colder.

According to the company, Dublin accounts for around half of all call-outs in October.

Sliverfish eggs are hard to find, as they often lay eggs in small cracks and areas, and an infestation can end up with damaged books, photographs, paintings, plasters and other household items as they feed on starch and cellulose.

They are also known to love human debris like dead skin and hair, and will be found in dark, damp, and humid areas such as bathrooms, basements, and attics, measuring around 10 to 12 mm in length.

They also have antennae and a tail.

A Rentokil spokesman said: “While silverfish aren’t dangerous, they can become a major inconvenience because of their appetite for starch and cellulose, which can lead to them damaging valuable items by feeding on them.

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To guard against silverfish infestations, the company suggests that you deny them food by vacuuming and keeping dust and debris to a minimum, and store food in containers with tightly sealed lids.

Homes and businesses should also dehumidify their premises through the use of fans, dehumidifiers, or by opening windows to air them out – in a similar to that of the Coronavirus restrictions – and to make sure that all cracks in walls and skirting boards are filled.

Rentokil also revealed, last month, that County Mayo in Ireland, had had a wasp outbreak last month.

Around 26 per cent of call outs came from that area, with around half of that coming from Galway.

The Common wasp and German wasp are the two most common wasp species in Ireland.

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