Galway is among the most infested counties by skin eating bugs

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Galway is the fourth most Silverfish infested county in Ireland according to pest control experts Rentokil.

Silverfish, named for their silvery blue colour and the wriggling movements that resemble a fish, are a household pest whose infestations are known for the destruction they cause.

Thriving in humid conditions, silverfish are drawn to warm, damp environments like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

Rentokil is warning that there has been a massive increase in the number of infestations recently, with the company recording a 32% increase in callouts.

Dublin say a massive explosion in infestations from these critters, accounting for more than half of all callouts.

After Dublin the counties with the largest number of infestations were Kildare, Meath, and Galway.

Silverfish can lay up to 20 eggs a day are their dietary habits can play havoc on a house.

They are known for eating dead skin, wallpaper, books, and curtains and other items with starch, cellulose, and sugar through their eight year lifespan.

Some tricks for dealing with these nasty little critters include dusting and vacuuming regularly to managing debris and deny them food.

You should also ensure that food containers are tightly sealed, open doors and windows to stop any build up of humidity, and make sure to tackle and leaky pipes causing damp.