All About Silverfish

silverfish controlSilverfish are among the most ancient insects on the planet. They’ve been crawling around for more than 400 million years. Although they don’t pose a serious danger to humans, silverfish infestations usually go undetected since these insects are secretive in their movements. This is why proper silverfish control is important.

Silverfish Appearance

A is a small wingless insect. Its name comes from its silvery gray and blue color and movements similar to those of a fish. Their bodies are thicker in the front and are teardrop-shaped, usually up to 12-19 mm in length. They have two long antennas on their head, six legs, and three prominent tails on the back of their body.

Silverfish Behavior

Silverfish are capable of thriving in most climates, especially in dark, damp areas like basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and attics. They feed on fungi, mold, and carbohydrates like sugar, cellulose, and starch. So your food, books, soaps, plants, wallpapers, and many other things are in danger of attracting them. They are often found in bathtubs, sinks, wall voids, in storage boxes, and on closet shelves. They can move extremely fast, which keeps them safe from predators. By being the most active at night, they stay even safer.

Silverfish Reproduction

Prior to mating, silverfish undergo a love dance. This dance includes antennae touching when the male and female stand face to face as well as tail vibrations. The male lays a spermatophore which the female takes into her body to fertilize her eggs. The number of eggs may range from two to twenty, depending on the species. Silverfish can lay eggs at any season of the year. It takes three to four months to grow an egg from larvae to an adult.

Causes of a Silverfish Infestation

These pests are medically harmless, but they damage goods and contaminate food in your home. They travel and reproduce fast, so a silverfish infestations can grow quickly and easily go unnoticed. If they find a suitable habitat in your home, they can survive from two to eight years and produce more than 100 offspring in their lifetime. Not only that, but they can also live one year without eating, what makes them even harder to control. They can arrive even in a new home with the construction materials. As we can see, these pests can live almost everywhere and the are not that easy to get rid of once they invade your home.

How to Prevent Silverfish

Toold magazines and newspapers should be removed or sealed in bags or containers. Molded or wet wood needs to be repaired or replaced and all cracks and crevices sealed with silicone caulk. Your food must be sealed in tight containers. These insects consume a variety of food and they spread rather fast. Some people try natural and do-it-yourself treatments, but that doesn’t kill the insects or their eggs. Silverfish infestations require a professional treatment, so if you notice these pests often it’s best to skip your own silverfish control options, and contact a pest control professional.

Proudly serving the greater Chicagoland area in Illinois and southeast Wisconsin, the professional exterminators at Aerex Pest Control understand the habits of silverfish and use that knowledge when developing a pest control program that is best suited to your home and your particular problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators. Call today for your free consultation 847-255-8888 ofor a free quick quote.

 

 

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