What are Silverfish?
Silverfish biology is that of an incomplete or simple metamorphosis. They are insects that have been around and have been evolving long before the cockroach. They have a slender and long body, wider at the front and are about ½” in length. Silverfish has hair-like flattened gray scales over their bodies, with the tail made of ligaments. They can live normally up to 2 years and can molt an average of 50 times during their lifetime. As well a female can lay up to 100 eggs during her lifetime.
Silverfish normally consume vegetables, with some living in caves or other subterranean locations and others living along ants and termites in their nests. Their preferred relative humidity range is 72% to 95% with a relative temperature around 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. They are able to survive long periods with no food and can feed on mostly dry materials.
How do I know if I have them?
It is very common that if you are able to see a Silverfish in your home, then most likely there are more around. They like dark, moist and humid locations which can be found in interior places like:
- Attic Spaces
- Cardboard boxes
They are not only found on the interior of structures, but on the exterior as well. Some of the most common areas include:
- Areas with Mulch
- Left behind leaf piles
- Soil areas with excessive weeds
- Around areas with excessive moisture
What if I them?
Even tough Silverfish is a very invasive pest and very rarely a 100% control is achieved. There are ways to minimize the problems and bring the infestation to a place where they do not affect the occupant as much. Here are some of the easiest ways to minimize any possible infestations in your property:
- Fix any water leaks
- Replace mulch with a different material
- Dry up any areas with excessive moisture
- Seal cracks and crevices in your siding or vents
- Prevent access to food and other consumable items
How can we help you?
Are your books showing signs of scraping, maybe their edges have signs of notching, or they may even have holes in their pages? If you have this issue or a similar problem due to Silverfish be sure to give us a call today at (619) 421 - 2101 or send us a message online. Our expert technician will go out to your property, evaluate the problem and provide you with an effective recommendation on how to place them under control.