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Silverfish Identification

Size: 12 to 15 mm long.

Colour: Brown, grey or silver.

Description: Silverfish are quick moving, flat, carrot-shaped insects with no wings. Their scales are silvery, and they have three tail bristles.

Order/Family: Zygentoma/Lepismatidae.

Scientific Name: Lepisma saccharina.

Did You Know?

This pest can survive a full year without food, as long as water is available to them.

Silverfish Biology

Silverfish are primitive, wingless insects that are half an inch to one inch long when fully grown. Meanwhile, they are flat, somewhat “carrot” shaped, and covered with silvery scales. The female silverfish lays one to three eggs per day in concealed crevices or beneath objects. These will hatch in about 43 days. Young silverfish look exactly like the adults, except smaller.

Silverfish Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle

This particular pest can be found anywhere throughout a structure. In other words, everywhere from the basement, to individual floors, to attics, to shingles on the roof. They consume food or matter that contains polysaccharides, such as starches or dextrin. Silverfish readily feed on books, cloth, and sometimes dried meats or dead insects. They can destroy your wallpaper in order to feed on the glue and will even consume leather or synthetic fabrics if they are hungry enough!

Silverfish are nocturnal insects with large antennae that move in a wiggly motion, similar to a fish, which is where the name comes from. This pest typically lives for two to eight years. Silverfish are considered pests due to the possible destruction of property, but they don’t spread disease. Spiders, earwigs and house centipedes are all considered predators of silverfish.

Wondering How To Get Rid Of Silverfish?

Importantly, it’s vital to reduce any areas of concentrated moisture for effective silverfish extermination. Likewise, lowering the temperature and removing infested items helps eliminate localized silverfish infestations. Sanitation is always helpful; however, it may not greatly reduce the silverfish infestation. A thorough application of baits and/or residual insecticide sprays or dusts is an effective form of silverfish control. Whether you need residential or commercial silverfish control, you can always contact Terminix Canada to learn more about how to get rid of silverfish.

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Calling our silverfish control team is the best and safest option to rid your home or business of silverfish for good.

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