The silverfish is one of the oldest insects in the world, inhabiting our planet for hundreds of years.
Anyone who has undergone a Silverfish infestation knows these pests are an absolute irritation. Besides the fact they are pests, Silverfish can cause substantial problems is they aren’t completely annihilated and then you prevent them from coming back. If you don’t take the required steps to wipe them out, they will continue to reproduce and flourish while causing a huge amount of destruction in the process.
Silverfish are nocturnal insects. They are 1/2 to 1 inch long on average. They have abdomens that taper at the end, lending them a fish-like appearance. Silverfish are totally wingless. They have long antennae and the wiggling motion in which they travel reminds you of a fish.
Silverfish reside in the Americas, parts of the Pacific, and other countries. It inhabits moist areas, requiring a absolute humidity of 75% to 95%. Sound like any place you know? In profoundly populated regions they are found mainly in attics, basements, bathrooms, and the sink area of the kitchen.
Silverfish devour book bindings, carpet, clothing, coffee, dandruff, glue, hair, paints, paper, photos, plaster and sugar. They can destroy tapestries, may eat cotton, linen and silk, and may even attack leather-wear and synthetic fabrics. Without eating they have the ability to live up to a year or more.
They may look innocent, and don’t bite or sting, but a Silverfish will eat anything high in starch. They will also get into flour, sugar, cereal, and other foods. They aren’t harmless when you take into account the amount of damage and the contamination of food that can happen if you don’t exterminate them and take the steps to prevent further infestation.
One way to stop the Silverfish from coming back is to dehumidify your home, caulk cracks and crevices where they lay eggs, and vacuum frequently.
For more information on expert Silverfish pest control services in Tampa, Plant City, and surrounding locations call Safari Pest Control at 813-703-4673. It’s a jungle out there!