Pest of the Month: Silverfish
17 Aug 2015
When you hear the word ‘Silverfish’ you might picture a smooth fish swimming in the blue ocean. That’s not what we’re talking about here. Silverfish are a type of pest that are wingless and are colored light gray or blue. They are small bugs that grow up to 19 mm. Silverfish have a series of antennae that are used in their reproductive process.
Location and Diet
Silverfish prefer to live in dark humid places like a shed, garage, basement, or bathroom. They can live in most any climate and have a diet of starches and sugars. Nothing will stop these bugs from eating through unopened packages of food, books, dead insects and certain clothing materials. A good way to spot an infestation of Silverfish is through the objects it eats through. However, they are not the top of the food chain and can be eaten by spiders and earwigs.
When a Silverfish mates it can produce about 50 offspring that each grow from an individual egg. Depending on the temperature, those eggs will take between 19 and 40 days to hatch. With that kind of reproduction rate, it’s important to try terminating the bugs as soon as possible. If you don’t, they will live up to three years.
These bugs love the humidity so it is important to keep tight-crawl spaces, garages, sheds and basements as dry as possible. Make sure there are no leaks in your pipes or garden hoses to attract the bugs. Try and keep your home clean by sweeping up food crumbs as this too will attract the bugs. If your home gets infested, contact us and we’ll take care of the issue.
Silverfish will chew through anything. In order to keep your home and objects protected and to keep the pests from multiplying, you should take out the problem as early as possible. These bugs are part of our standard treatment package so if you have them let us know so we can get rid of them.