Silverfish are small, soft bodied insects with tapering bodies and long tail projections. They are a common household pest.
These insects are nocturnal and generally live in moist areas. They are commonly found in new buildings. Usually, they are present in damp, basements and laundry rooms.
They are attracted to moist areas and have a tendency to get into cracks and crevices. Once they are in a home, they can multiply rapidly.
Female silverfish produce one to three eggs per day. Each egg is tiny and white. The eggs hatch in three to six weeks. During this time, the silverfish develop into an adult.
It is not uncommon for silverfish to live for up to eight years. The adults can grow to about three quarters of an inch. Their body is covered in fine scales.
In their lifecycle, silverfish go through a series of molts. These molts are usually completed when the female silverfish is about three months old.
When a female silverfish reaches the adult stage, she will lay her eggs continuously. She will lay a total of 60 eggs or more. Depending on the size of the eggs, they can take up to eight weeks to develop.
The male silverfish will distribute the spermatophore to the female. This will help fertilize her eggs. After the eggs are fertilized, the female silverfish will mate.
The mating ritual of the silverfish is a very interesting process. It includes the male touching the antennae of the female, which she follows by chasing him.