Silverfish Treatments are often multi-layered due to the usual widespread nature of the places that they will habour.
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Effective treatment usually starts with a thorough Silverfish Inspection.
Insecta Order Thysanura
What do Silverfish look like?
Silverfish have small bodies that are tapered towards the end and are covered in shimmery gray or silver scales, much like a fish (hence their name)!
At the end of their bodies are 3 long, hair-like tails. Their long legs make them surprisingly fast and agile, which you’ll surely have noticed if you’ve ever tried to catch one!
How do Silverfish breed?
Silverfish aren’t terribly romantic. Instead of mating, the males simply package their sperm in little bundles and drop them on to the ground for the females to pick up. Females can produce up to 100 eggs, which are glued to the ground, paper or other substrates.
Silverfish are one of the oldest insects on our planet and have a very primitive lifecycle referred to as ametabolous development. Because they do not grow wings like most insects, they remain more or less unchanged throughout their life. They simply get larger by shedding their skins, which they will do around 10 times in their life.
Where to Silverfish live?
Silverfish are pests in households around the world and they prefer warm, humid environments. They like to shelter in small, dark hiding places, such as inside cupboards, bookcases and storage boxes. We often find silverfish in our sinks and bath tubs – they cannot climb up the slippery sides and become stranded there. A Silverfish infestation is often widespread and harbourages can include Roof Voids, Wall Cavities, Sub Floors as well as more commonly noted areas such as long term book storage areas, food packaging and clothes wardrobes.
What do Silverfish eat?
Silverfish have strong chewing mouthparts and aren’t terribly fussy eaters. They tackle mostly plant-based material in the wild, such as bark and leaf-litter. They also love to enter our homes where they will feast on:
- Book bindings
- Flour and meal
- Fabric and linen (especially cotton and silk)
Do Silverfish pose a risk?
Silverfish can cause considerable damage to paper, fabric and stored products. They will leave visible holes in books, stain linen with their faeces and will chew the glue off wall paper, often causing it to separate from the wall.
How to prevent Silverfish
Silverfish can live for a long time without food and can be difficult to remove from your home once they are established, so prevention is the key.
Try the following tips:
- Silverfish often hitch a ride into our homes on furniture and in storage boxes. Take the time to examine these for any evidence of the insects, their droppings or damage done by their feeding.
- Vacuum your home regularly to eliminate crumbs, debris and other sources of food
- Silverfish love moisture so fix any leaky faucets or dripping taps to eliminate their water source
- Seal your flour, cereals and other starchy foods in air-tight containers
- Don’t hoard! Silverfish love stacks of dusty newspapers, piles of paperwork and old magazines, so keep on top of your spring cleaning.
How to get rid of Silverfish
Once a silverfish have established themselves in your home they aren’t the easiest of pests to get rid of. Silverfish like to breed in areas of stored articles such as books hidden away in cabinets or clothes cupboards but also like hiding away in roof voids, wall cavities and the sub floor areas of your house. As the distribution of silverfish is often widespread, it is usually necessary to use a combination of treatments to achieve effective levels of control.
It is important that a thorough Silverfish Inspection of the property is carried out in order to provide effective treatment. A knowledgeable Pest Controller will able to search the premises for possible harborages and activity, in some cases will require flushing agents to assist. The Pest Controller may use a range of pest control methods together such as Surface Sprays, Space Sprays, Dusts and Baits in specific areas in order to achieve a complete and successful eradication.
1300 Pest Control treatments are environmentally friendly, child and animal safe and can be specifically tailored to suit your needs. Our pest control specialists will thoroughly inspect your home to determine the extent of the infestation and to identify potential habitats and hiding places for silverfish. Armed with this knowledge, an appropriate control plan can be implemented, usually through the use of fast-acting contact pesticides and fumigants to reach into cracks and crevices.
Interesting Facts on Silverfish
- In the wild, silverfish often inhabit the nests and burrows of birds and animals, feasting off feathers, dead skin flakes and other debris.
- The slippery scales of silverfish are useful in defence – it makes it almost impossible for a predator to get a grip on them.
- Silverfish live for up to 4 years! That’s a lot of time for breeding!
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