What is a Silver Fish?
Silverfish is a small nocturnal wingless insect typically 13-25 mm OR 0.5-1 inches long. The fact that their abdomens taper at the end allows them to appear like a fish. The newly hatched are whitish in color but as they get older the color changes to grey and flashes a metallic shine.
They have two small compound eyes & about their body structure, they have three long cerci at the tips of their abdomens, one off the end of their body, one facing left and one facing right. They have long antennae and their wiggling motion resembles the movement of a fish. Silverfish generally live for two to eight years.
Silver Fish Latin Name: Family Lepismatidae:
How it Looks?
White to brown-grey or bluish-silver in color, silverfish are teardrop-shaped insects that measure up to 12-19 mm in length sometimes 13-25 mm (0.5-1 inches) long too. Three long bristles on rear. They grow from egg to adult without visible change in appearance.
Behavior, Diet & Habits:
It can adjust itself in almost every climate; prefer to stay in dark, damp areas such as basements, kitchens, bathrooms, paper, stores, boxes, in garages, sheds and many similar places.
Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. Some of the food sources may be Cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk and dead insects. They have also been found in unopened food packages.
Silverfish undergo love dances prior to mating. Males lay spermatophores, which are taken into the ovipositor of female specimens. Depending on species, Females’ egg numbers and habits vary. One species lays a few eggs a day where as another species lays clusters of 2 to 20 eggs.
Signs of a Silverfish Infestation:
Silverfish is detected most often by homeowners when they find one on the floor or in a sink or bathtub.
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Silverfish Prevention & Control in the Home:
Silverfish are nocturnal and move very quickly. They are secretive and the severity of an infestation may go unnoticed for long periods of time, allowing for exponential growth. Silverfish reproduce quickly. The destructive feeding habits of silverfish ruins papers, clothing and wallpaper. They commonly infest dark, damp areas around paper and linen sources. One can find Silverfish infestations in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, attics and basements. Although, Silverfish can survive in almost any environment, still they prefer areas with high humidity. Silverfish consume a variety of foods and rigorous housekeeping practices may help prevent an infestation by limiting possible feeding sites. Professional treatment is required while treating silverfish infestations. Being pest control experts we will be able to assess the situation within your home and determine the most effective methods of annihilation for your specific problem. As soon as you spot a silverfish infestation, contact us. Pest-Cure provides its clients with advance pest control services at an affordable pest control price using all natural pest control products. This is the only reason why Pest Cure is well renowned for advanced pest control.