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How to Identify and Get Rid of Silverfish

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What do Silverfish Look Like?

Silverfish are small wingless creatures that have a silvery to brown skin color. The bodies of Silverfish are covered with fine scales and that is the main feature available to identify them. Silverfish normally have a soft body and they are up to ¾ inch long. They prefer to live outdoors in damp and dark surroundings. Sometimes they will come into your home because they're attracted to damp clothes and paper.

What do Silverfish Eat?

Silverfish have the ability to survive in many climatic conditions. They eat carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. They also prefer to eat silk and dead insects. Therefore some people consider Silver Fish as the most destructive pest on stored food. They have also been found on unopened food packages across America. Therefore people should be careful when storing their food and look out for infestations. 

How Many Eggs do Silverfish Lay?

Research has identified that a female Silver Fish can lay around 50 eggs at once. During the reproduction process, the male Silver Fish will lay spermatophores, and the females with take them. Centipedes and spiders are the main predators of Silverfish.

Are Silverfish Nocturnal?

Silverfish are nocturnal creatures and they move very quickly. Therefore it will not be an easy task for human beings to see them move. People will not notice their living for a long period of time and it can be devastating. Things can even become worse because the Silverfish can reproduce quickly. Silverfish are well known for their destructive feeding habitats, ruining clothing, papers, and wallpapers. They can be found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and basements because they can find plenty of food in those places.

How to Get Rid of Silverfish

Plenty of methods are available for preventing and removing these pests. Here's how to get rid of Silverfish:

  1. Store food in containers: They love to eat your food when you are sleeping, so it is a must to store all your food in air-tight containers.
  2. Get rid of old newspapers: If you have old newspapers and books in your home, you will have to keep them in a secure place or remove them.
  3. Repair leaky pipes: Reduce Reducing the water supply will assist you to reduce the Silverfish population because they like to live in places with high humidity. If you have leaking pipes in your place, you should repair them as soon as possible.
  4. Cover holes in wallpaper: Silverfish also live behind the wallpapers because they can find plenty of food there. You will have to cover all the entry points into wall partitions.
  5. Use insecticide: Silverfish are not resistant to insecticides so you can use them to eliminate the creatures from your place. However, the insecticides will kill the adult Silverfish and it will leave the eggs unharmed. Therefore you will have to spray them on a regular basis in order to get rid of their hassle.
  6. Call the professionals: To keep your home free of pests, including Silverfish, consider signing up for recurring pest control treatments.