What is a Silverfish?
Silverfish (order Zygentoma) are one of the most primitive insects on the planet. This insect gets its name from its silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape and movements. These insects are wingless, however they run very fast. These crawling pests prefer humid, moist conditions, but can be found anywhere in a home. They are a voracious feeder on materials high in starches, glue, and cellulose such as paper. Unwanted crawling insects can also be found outdoors under rocks, in leaf litter, etc.
How to Identify a Silverfish
What do silverfish look like?
Silverfish have somewhat flattened bodies, 9-15mm long with 3 pairs of legs, and silvery scales or metallic appearance. Moreover, these nasty insects have no wings, but they are able to run very fast. They have three tails and antennae. These nasty insects are usually found in dark, warm places at night, under sinks, floors and around the water pipes in homes. They can become pests as they eat starchy substances like cloth or book bindings and dry foods.
How to get rid of silverfish
The most effective way to prevent an unwanted pest infestation is to inspect thoroughly inside and outside your home where food is present. Silverfish can climb walls and find entry or exit points easily to get in and out of your home.
Moreover, to get rid of crawling pests, repair leaky pipes, drains, mouldy or wet wood. Also seal any cracks or gaps. Consider a dehumidifier for your home to reduce humidity. Remember “If it’s dry, they will die!” Keep food in tightly sealed containers to keep silverfish out.
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Carrot-shaped, silver-grey, thread like antennae and three tail with 9-15mm in size. Preferable indoors areas, in warm, dry or damp places, including closets, bookcases, behind baseboard or in bathtubs.
Oval white eggs are dropped in a few places a week after. Eggs hatch in 2-8 weeks. Silverfish can survive without food for months.
Fact: Silverfish can survive for months without food or water.
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