Silverfish are characteristically .5 to 1 inch long. The fish-like appearance of the abdomens along with the swimming motion of their bodies when they run has given them the name of silverfish. These insects are completely wingless and have long antennae.
Silverfish Eating Habits
Living up to eight years, these small greyish metallic insects consume starches and dextrin found in adhesives. Because of this, they can damage book bindings, carpet, and clothing. Also, they have been known to eat wallpaper to get to the glue. Silverfish are nocturnal and require humid climates. In homes, they are found in bathtubs, sinks, kitchens, old books, and attics. While they do not transmit disease, they are responsible for contaminating food and causing damage to household goods. Due to these facts, they are classified as household pests. Want to learn more about silverfish? North Carolina Extention has more information about these common household pests.
Where do Silverfish Come From?
We often bring these bugs into our homes unknowingly. Bringing in cardboard boxes or plastic containers from an infested area can cause a silverfish explosion. The female can lay 2-20 eggs a day. These eggs then can reach adulthood within four months. Like most insects, they thrive in moist damp environments. They enjoy basements or crawl spaces and come in through whatever small crack or space they can find.
Quality Silverfish Extermination
Do not allow these pests to damage your property. Have Crown Pest Control come out today and safeguard your home. We are locally owned and operated. We will protect your home like our own.