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Silverfish Appearance and Size Facts

In homes throughout Florida, the sight of a silverfish in the bathroom is a shocking and disgusting sight that’s all too common. Not only can silverfish cause allergies and potential damage to your personal items, but they also have the ability to attract other pests into your home, such as predatory ants. This is why it’s important to know how to identify a silverfish when one is in your home. Here are some common characteristics of the typical silverfish:

  • Body: Silverfish are typically tear-shaped insects with two antennae on their heads.
  • Color: Their bodies can range from white to brown-gray or bluish-silver in color. 
  • Size: They range from 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch in length. 
  • Tail: Each silverfish tends to have three bristles protruding from their rear ends.

Distinguishing Silverfish From Other Bugs

The way you can detect a silverfish from other bugs, particularly centipedes, is through their shiny and almost delicate appearance. One way you can differentiate silverfish is through their three rear bristles and their silverish appearance. When needed, turn to a professional to help identify your infestation. 

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Behavior and Habitat of Silverfish

Although they can live in almost any environment, silverfish tend to avoid light and prefer dark and damp environments such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. These pests also have destructive eating habits as they eat through cardboard, clothing, fabrics, wallpaper, glue bindings, books, and other paper. 

When it comes to reproduction, females produce eggs in clusters of two to 20 eggs. The full life cycle of silverfish lasts approximately three to four years. While silverfish can live up to a year without food, their disruptive feeding habits and longevity in comparison to other pests make their presence all the more perilous and hazardous in your Florida home.

Signs of Infestation of Silverfish

One of the most common ways to detect a silverfish in your home is just by seeing one in your home. They are commonly seen in areas such as the bathroom and garage. However, they can also make their presence through their eating patterns with holes in clothing and the sight of pepper-like droppings.

Tips for Prevention of Silverfish

Since silverfish are attracted to moisture and the dark, make sure to remove any damp areas in your Florida home. These can result from leaks and standing puddles from sinks and pipes. With their ability to reproduce quickly, the removal of attractants is paramount to preventing a potential infestation. Decreasing clutter, especially cardboard, and lowering humidity levels are very important to decrease the attraction of your property to silverfish. 


Getting Rid of Silverfish

Don’t allow your silverfish infestation to linger for days or weeks on end. While preventive measures can be taken and do help, they are not a solution for eliminating silverfish from your Florida home. For the most effective results in removing silverfish, turn to professional pest control services, such as those offered by Hulett.


Effective Silverfish Control Solutions

Struggling with a silverfish problem in your home? Just call Hulett Environmental Services. With our advanced set of equipment and expert team of exterminators, we have the right tools to eliminate and prevent silverfish from entering back into your home. Alongside our number of other Florida pest control services, you can count on Hulett for the best results.

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