Do Silverfish Have a Hard Shell?

Silverfish are wingless insects that are a member of the Lepisma family. They are nocturnal and prefer dark and moist environments. The common species grows to a length of about half an inch.

These insects are highly adaptive and are able to survive for several months without food. Silverfish will feed on a variety of food including grain, sugar, carbohydrates, and proteins.

During their life cycle, silverfish will molt 50-60 times. This molting process will be finished when they reach maturity.

Female silverfish lay up to 50 eggs at a time. In addition, a female can mate two times in her lifetime. A male releases sperm which fertilizes the female’s eggs.

Typical places where silverfish live include the bathroom, laundry room, basement, and closets. However, they are also known to infest commercial structures.

They are often introduced into buildings through cardboard cartons of books. Because of their large numbers, silverfish infestations may occur in a number of different areas in a structure. It is important to keep a close eye on silverfish and to be aware of where they are hiding.

If you suspect a silverfish infestation, the first step is to remove all of the bedding. You should then wash it in hot water. Wash on the highest setting and dry on the top setting.

Some people use diatomaceous earth to eliminate silverfish. However, it is important to be sure where the silverfish are hiding and to be able to cover the area with the diatomaceous earth.