These are small wingless bugs with a grey or bluish-silvery pigmentation and they are active in night. The physical appearance of these bugs resemble fish. Their head has two long antennae and on the backside, they have three prominent bristles. The length of these insects falls between 12-19 mm and their physical movement is like a fish swimming in water. You can’t easily pin them down because their moves are very quick. These insects can thrive in any climatic condition. They grow well in the moist and dark places like floor or wall cracks, basements, attics, stores, kitchens, garage and bathrooms. The common places where you can find them are abandoned books, storage boxes, old magazine stacks and door or window frames. They also love to live in the areas with moderate temperature and plenty of food supply. The habitat attractions of silverfish are usually papers and fabrics. They feed on starch, sugars, papers, textiles, shampoo, molds, glue, silk, dried food products and dead insects. Although, they don’t bite humans but they severely harm the properties.
These are creepy insects but their reproduction is quite interesting and fast. The reproduction of silverfish undergoes three phases: the first phase lasts for half an hour where both male and female positions themselves face to face and their antennae touch intermittent withdrawal. The second phase starts when the male silverfish runs away from the position and the female chases him. In the third phase, male and female silverfish meets up and stand side by side with their tails and heads touching. Then the tail of male silverfish vibrates and a sperm capsule is released. The ovipositor in the female’s body absorbs it and the sperm fertilizes her eggs. Then after some time, the female lays 2-60 eggs at a time and deposit them in a hidden place.
The infestation of silverfish remains unnoticed until some major damage is caused. You can detect their presence from their droppings, cast skins or damage done to properties by feeding. You can also find them under dishwashers or bathtubs.
We at Mega Pest Control realizehow deep the damage silverfish can cause. Therefore, we present you a unique three“I” measure to effectively control silverfish.
Inspect: After you find the signs of silverfish infestation in your home, the very first thing you should do is thoroughly inspect the entire property. They can hardly be seen because their secretive nature helps them to remain hidden. All the places where you detected the damage signs like wall cracks or floor crevices should be checked. If you want to inspect properly, use the sticky insect trap. These traps can easily be found in market and they come with a bait which attracts the insect to trap. You should identify the strategic locations and place the trap. Let it be there for a week and on the basis oftrapped silverfishes, move further.
Insecticide Application: You can do it chemically or naturally. Silverfish can be repelled by some natural products. They are: citrus spray,spices, lavender oil, cucumber,diatomaceous earth and mothballs. All these natural solutions reduce the population but fails to destroy eggs. If you want desired result, you can try some strong insecticides like boric acid, pyrethin,aerosols (such as Alpine PT) andinsecticidal dust (such as D-fense). Spray these insecticides to the suspected habitat areas in the whole property. Natural insecticides are safe to use but results in many days and that too not completely, and on the other hand chemical insecticides give desired results but are highly poisonous when ingested or inhaled. So, while applying, remain cautious.
Infestation Prevention: Make your property resistant to silverfish by removing everything that supports their stay or attracts them. They live close to their food source. Make sure that moisture is reduced in the basements, attics, bathrooms and kitchen. All the storage boxes should be regularly checked and disinfected. Use a vacuum cleaner and clean all the crevices and cracks in your property regularly. All the food products should be kept in airtight containers and if the doors or windows of your property are broken, fix them.
We, at Mega Pest Control suggest that faster and effective results can be achieved by combining various techniques. These tips when followed will help your home or property to get rid of silverfish infestation.
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