Silverfish

Identification

  • Colour Brown, grey, silver
  • Size From 12 mm to 15 mm long
  • Description Wingless insects shaped like a teardrop. Their bodies are flattened, tapered at the rear, and covered with shiny, fish-like scales.

General Facts

Why do I have silverfish?

Silverfish prefer dark, moist environments with humidity levels above 75%. Outdoors, silverfish like to live under rocks, leaf mould, and tree bark. In homes, silverfish live in cracks and crevices in basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and attics. These pests are scavengers that will eat virtually anything available, especially carbohydrates and proteins. Outdoors, they consume vegetable matter, but once indoors, they will feed on flour, dried meat, glue, wallpaper, cereal, rolled oats, and other starches.

How worried should I be about silverfish?

Silverfish can contaminate food, stain clothing, destroy books, and are generally a maddening presence in the home. Silverfish have a slow reproduction rate but can survive without food for a year, with a lifespan of up to eight years. If you have a silverfish infestation, it is a sign of a long-term problem that requires the help of a professional pest control service.

How can I prevent silverfish invading?

Keep rooms cool, clean, and dry, Vacuum cracks and crevices frequently, Use dehumidifiers to lower humidity, Remove old papers, boxes, books, and clothes

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