Anyone who has experienced a Silverfish infestation knows these pests are a real nuisance. Besides the fact they are pests, Silverfish can cause considerable problems is they aren't eradicated and prevented. If you don't take the necessary steps to get rid of them, they will continue to multiply and thrive while causing a great deal of damage in the process.
Silverfish are nocturnal insects. They are typically 1/2 to 1 inch long. They have abdomens that taper at the end, giving them a fish-like appearance. Silverfish are completely wingless. They have long atennae and the wiggling motion in which they move resembles that of a fish.
Silverfish are found in the Americas, parts of the Pacific, and other countries. The Silverfish inhabits moist areas, requiring a relative humidity of 75% to 95%. In heavily populated areas they are found primarily in attics, basements, bathrooms, and the sink area of the kitchen.
Reproduction of the Silverfish involves a 3 phase ritual that may last over a half an hour. The female will lay groups of less than 60 eggs at a time, depositing them into small crevices. They will hatch within 2 months. In her lifetime a female will lay fewer than 100 eggs.
Silverfish consume book bindings, carpet, clothing, coffee, dandruff, glue, hair, paints, paper, photos, plaster and sugar. They can damage tapestries, may eat cotton, linen and silk, and may even attack leatherwear and synthetic fabrics. They can live up to a year or more without eating.
They may look harmless, and don't bite or sting, but a Silverfish will eat anything high in starch. They will also get into flour, sugar, cereal, and other foods. They aren't harmless when you consider the great deal of damage and the contamination of food if you don't get rid of them and take the steps to prevent further infestation. One way to prevent the Silverfish from returning is to dehumidify your home, caulk cracks and crevices where they lay eggs, and vacuum often.
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