Silverfish live a long life. They can molt over 50 times during their lives.
When the female silverfish reaches the adult stage, she begins laying eggs. She will lay one to three eggs a day. These are typically tucked into cracks and crevices.
The average lifespan of a silverfish is two to eight years. But, silverfish can live for longer in cooler climates. A female can lay up to 100 eggs over her lifetime.
It’s best to treat silverfish infestations before they get out of hand. Infestations can cause serious material damage. If left untreated, the damage can go unnoticed for months.
Silverfish love to live in damp, dark areas. These include bathrooms, closets, and basements. Keeping your house clean and free of moisture is a good way to prevent silverfish infestations.
Silverfish also love to feed on paper, cardboard, and food. This means that your books, papers, and albums may be destroyed by them.
One clue you might have that your home is infested with silverfish is the presence of shed skin. You may also have an infestation if you see these insects coming and going at night.
Once you have an infestation, it’s important to treat the adults to kill them. A dryer works well to kill silverfish. To ensure that the eggs don’t survive, wash your clothes in hot water. Dry them in a dryer with a high heat for about 30 to 45 minutes.
Using a dehumidifier or air conditioning unit in your basement can help control the humidity. Another way to prevent silverfish infestations is to store your important papers in a sealed bin or box.