Silver fish are insects that are invading people homes and they just want to know what they are, how they got into their home and how to get rid of them. They are a pest because they destroy your property, they contaminate your food, and scare people when they see them.
Silverfish are insects that that look like a fish and move like them as well. That is how they got their name. They are grey and blue in color and they are sometimes referred to as fishmoths, carpet sharks and paramites. They are in the Family of Lepisma and in the Order of Thysanura. They are found in North America, Japan, Asia, Europe and Australia.
The Life cycle of a Silver fish
Silver fish will lay over 100 eggs in their lifetime. It takes about 3 to 6 weeks before the eggs hatches. Once they hatch it will take them about 3 months before they reach adult hood. When they hatch, they are white in color.
They have a flattened shape and they have 3 cerci located at their abdomens. They have eyes, long antennae and no wings. They live two to eight years.
They hide in your home in your bathroom, in the kitchen, in the attic and in your basements. The are attracted to moisture and they will be anywhere moisture is in your home. They also like temperatures between 75 – 95%. At night they roam your house and hide during the day. Their legs have hooks on them that allows them to climb. Most people find them in the bathtub and in the sinks because they cannot climb out because it is too slippery for them to get out. It is possible that you will see a couple silverfish in your home but if you continue to see a lot them means that you have a serious problem. You will have to bring down the moisture levels in your home to try to force them out.
You can find them living outside living under rocks, in other animals nest and under bark. They come into your home and you don’t even know that they are there until you find them in your tub.
Most people have bugs that they want to get rid of but silver fish not only invades your home, they destroy your property. They are known to eat starches, sugars and protein. You will find them nestled in books because they love the glue that is binding it. They will eat carpet, cotton, wallpaper paste and so much more. The bad thing is, they can live over a year without eating.
They are said to be harmless to humans because they don’t bite or sting. Who wants these annoying insects in their home contaminating food and destroying your property.
In conclusion, Silver fish are very annoying because they will destroy your home. In order to learn how to get rid of them you must first understand why they are coming into your home and what is keeping them there. Once you understand what they like and you take it away, you will just start the first phase of getting rid of silver fish.