Silverfish or Silverfishes
Appearance and Size Facts
- Small and wingless insects, primitive insects
- Shiny gray or silver in color
- Metallic sheen is due to silvery scales, which only appear after the third molt
- They have three long, thin appendages extending from the posterior part of the abdomen which look superficially like tails
- Size: Ranges from 1/3 to 1/2 inch in length
Behavior and Habitat of Silverfish or Silverfishes
Silverfish develop slowly under normal conditions and produce very few young. Females lay eggs year-round, only laying a few at a time, up to 100 total in her life. Adult females can live 2 to 5 years, depending on the species and the favorability of the environment. Eggs hatch in roughly 2 to 8 weeks and may take anywhere from 3 to 24 months to develop into adults. Growth depends chiefly on temperature and humidity. Silverfish are common in human dwellings, much like their relative, the firebrat. Silverfish can often be found under refrigerators or around a well-heated toilet, if the crevices in the floor tiles are large enough.
Signs of Infestation of Silverfish or Silverfishes
Silverfish will feed on glue, book bindings, photos, sugar, hair, dandruff, and dirt. They can also cause damage to books, tapestries, and textiles, especially when food or food-type items have been spilled or dropped onto items that would normally not be eaten.
Tips for Prevention of Silverfish or Silverfishes
Reduce moisture in your house, repair leaky pipes and drains, and eliminate or repair any moldy or wet wood. Keep food in well-sealed containers. Don't keep books or magazines in moist areas. Vacuuming up silverfish to physically remove them is also useful.
Latest Pest Control News
Most South Floridians would agree that our climate is hot all year long. Although South Florida may not undergo the drastic changes in weather as seen in other parts of the country, there are definitely some noticeable changes. As we shift from the dry season to the wet season, and then from spring...Read More ›
Apr 13, 2020— Tips & Control Advice
Finding the proper COVID-19 disinfection service is the main health concern homeowners and businesses are currently facing. Now, more than ever, residents and business owners have increased sanitation and health safety precautions due to the uncertainty posed by the virus, the disease caused by...Read More ›
Apr 12, 2020—Local Pest News
Lately, there has been much discussion about the Giant Hornet, Vespa mandarinia, also being referred to as the “Murder Hornet.” This aggressive insect is the world’s largest hornet and can be almost two inches long with a large and venomous stinger. The venom is potent enough to...Read More ›