BRITISH homes have been invaded by skin-eating silverfish as the wet winter conditions have set in.
Silverfish survive by eating pretty much everything, but prefer to feed on dead skin cells and hair.
The ancient bugs thrive in damp conditions, which means as the winter gets wetter and Brits start to turn up the heating there is a risk of a silverfish invasion.
These pests have been known to eat through wallpaper, books, curtains and cereal boxes.
They can jump up to two feet high and live for eight years.
Ranjen Gohri, a leading property maintenance expert from 24/7 Home Rescue, said silverfish are the oldest known pests on earth and they do leave clues behind so you can spot them.
He told The Mirror “If you’re spotting tiny holes in your clothes or curtains, you might have an infestation without even realising it.
“As we don’t tend to open windows and doors during the colder months, moisture from cooking, showering and drying clothes indoors can’t escape.”
Other ways you can spot them is by their peppercorn-shaped droppings and their skin after they shed.
Gohri says they are active at night and adds: “They’re quite secretive, but you may see them scurrying away in the middle of the night when you’re making a loo visit. Keep your eyes peeled.”
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