Spotting the silverfish
The hunt for the silverfish is a lot easier when you know EVERYTHING about them
Picture this - you go to the basement to search for something. After pulling down a couple of boxes, you suddenly see a flash of silver that quickly disappears before you even figure out what it was. What DID you just see? If this is the first time you saw something like this, you'd definitely be freaked out. This, my friend, is a type of domestic pest called a silverfish. These little pests are extremely small in size and can be difficult to spot. But to be able to spot them you need to be acquainted with the features that identify them.
Vital stats of a silverfish
Let's start with the looks. Just like the name suggests, silverfish have a silver or grey color, which can be easy or difficult to spot depending on the surface they are moving against. Their body has a tapered shape that resembles a tear-drop with a tail-like appearance at the end. They barely are 12-19mm in size with fine antennae in front. These little creatures are serpentine in their mannerisms and slither away quickly making them difficult to catch. They are nocturnal, love the dark and tend to hide there or move towards it. They reproduce quickly and lay anything from 2 to 20 eggs a day. So if you don't look into the matter at the earliest it is quite possible that you might land yourself up with a silverfish infestation.
Staple diets of the silverfish
Just like we have a favorite food, they too have their favorite - carbohydrates! Sugars and starches are their most loved food and this is why you will find them clustered or emerging from places with paper, damp, shampoos, clothing, glue in books, linen, silk, linen, etc. They might also feed on dead insects. Basements, bathrooms, attics, and kitchens tend to be their favorite place because they house the kind of food that these insects are attracted to.
Attack of the silverfish
More often than not people only tend to realize they have a silverfish problem in their home once they spot them or spot signs of the infestation. What might these signs be you ask? To start with you can watch out for their pepper-like feces. Keep a look out for them in areas of the home they are most likely to access due to them being dark, damp, and sufficient with the food source. If you see a paper, wallpaper or cloth pieces with damage on them you can sure that silverfish are feeding on them.
Stopping the silverfish
They move at an extremely fast pace, making them difficult to catch especially if you are caught off guard when you bump into them. They prefer warm and humid climates, making cracks, crevices, and cardboard boxes their favorite hiding places. Fixing plumbing issues, improving ventilation, regular house-keeping practices and controlling the humidity with the help of dehumidifiers can definitely make silverfish want to choose another home. You could also try using home-made sprays; however, such techniques will only affect the silverfish, not the eggs and definitely doesn't control the infestation.
Due to their rapid reproduction abilities, if you spot a silverfish you can be sure of it having laid eggs and resulting in an infestation. Getting access to the eggs to destroy them can be difficult because of their size and being located in places tough to reach. To avoid the silverfish infestation getting the better of you and of your home it is advisable to call a professional to look into the matter. A professional service will bring in the necessary environment-friendly resources and expertise to look into the matter without compromising on yours and your loved one's health.
Get in touch with a professional from Protech Pest Control by calling 1300 486 149