Silverfish are wingless insects that appear silvery in colour because their bodies are covered with fine scales. Their bodies are flattened and narrow gradually to the rear like a fish, thus the common names “silverfish” or “fish moths”. Adults have two long antennae and three long tail projections.
These nocturnal insects prefer to stay in dark, damp areas of the house such as basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms. They are particularly drawn to paper and damp clothing. Silverfish are usually found in stored boxes in garages and sheds.
Silverfish feed on carbohydrates and protein, including flour, dried meat, rolled out paper and even glue. They can remain alive for long periods without food, but they are susceptible to humidity and they need high humidity to survive.
Signs of Silver fish Infestation
Homeowners will know if there is a silverfish infestation if they find one on the floor or in a sink or bathtub. The damage from their feeding is also a sign of an infestation, along with the presence of their small, pepper-like faeces. Silverfish infestations can be found on bathrooms, attics, basements, laundry rooms and kitchens.
Call a Pest Control Expert
Silverfish are considered a nuisance pest inside homes or buildings. Though they pose no health risk to humans, they must be eradicated because they contaminate food, ruin paper goods and stain clothing.
These pests can thrive in all types of environment, but they prefer very humid places. Thus, an effective way to avoid an infestation is to control humidity. For example, open vents in crawl spaces or use baseboards with caulking in your basement. Follow strict housekeeping practices, particularly concerning food, in order to restrict the potential feeding sites of silverfish.
If you already have an infestation in your home, hire a pest control expert. Commercial traps and insecticides will only eliminate individual insects and they will not be able to eradicate the entire infestation. Defence Pest Management is an expert at assessing the pest situation in your home and determining the most effective pest control approach to address your specific problem. The company offer a full array of solutions to eradicate a range of residential pests including general household pests like cockroaches and silverfish, rodents and timber pests.
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