Silver Fish

What is a Silver Fish?
Silverfish is a small wingless insect. It's a nocturnal 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, but their as they get older is a greyish hue and 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.This, coupled with their appearance. Silverfish typically 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 to12-19 mm in length sometimes 13–25 mm (0.5–1 inches) long too. Three long bristles on rear. Grow from egg to adult without visible change in appearance.

Behavior, Diet & Habits:-
It's Capable of thriving in most climates, prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, kitchens, bathrooms, paper and damp, stored boxes in garages and sheds and much similar places.

Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. Cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk and dead insects may be food sources. Have 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. Females’ egg numbers and habits vary, depending on species. One species lays a few eggs a day where as another species lays clusters of 2 to 20 eggs.

Signs of a Silverfish Infestation:-
Most often, homeowners detect silverfish when they find one on the floor or in a sink or bathtub.

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.

Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits, oftentimes ruining papers, clothing and wallpaper. They commonly infest dark, damp areas around paper and linen sources. Silverfish infestations can be found in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, attics and basements.

Silverfish can survive in almost any environment, but they prefer areas with high humidity. Silverfish consume a variety of foods, and stringent housekeeping practices may help prevent an infestation by limiting potential feeding sites.

Silverfish infestations require professional treatment. We as pest control expert will be able to assess the situation within your home and determine the most effective methods of extermination for your specific problem. At the first sign of a silverfish infestation, contact us.

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