Silverfish are small insects, approximately half an inch in length, with a metallic appearance and segmented surface. They are typically found in damp, dark, and warm areas.
Silverfish prefer moist environments and tend to live in damp or cool attics, basements, bathrooms, closets, and other moist or dark areas. Their preferred food is starch.
When silverfish find a moist spot, they will begin laying eggs. The female lays up to 20 eggs each day. Once the eggs hatch, they develop into nymphs. These nymphs are slightly lighter in color than the adults.
As the nymphs grow, they become more metallic in appearance and they shed their skin. Eventually, the nymphs dehydrate and die.
Silverfish can be quite difficult to remove, but there are a few things you can do to help control your infestation. If you are trying to eliminate the silverfish from your home, you will need to remove any food and bedding, and dry your house on the highest setting possible.
You should also seal any cracks and holes in the house to keep them from letting moisture into your house. Sealing exterior cracks with caulk and expanding foam will help prevent water from entering the home.
If you have a large silverfish infestation, you may want to consider a pest control professional. The best way to get rid of silverfish is to eliminate their hiding places.
To effectively deal with silverfish, you should clean your house regularly and avoid keeping things in cardboard boxes. Also, be sure to store all of your papers in airtight containers.