Silverfish are insects that are found on all continents except Antarctica. They are wingless, have long antennae and scaled skin.
Silverfish are attracted to damp and humid environments. A silverfish infestation can cause a lot of damage. Some common things that they eat include clothes, books, wallpaper, carpet, and linens. It can also contaminate food.
Adult silverfish are usually about half an inch in length. Their bodies are shaped like carrots, and they are active at night. The female lays eggs in crevices and cracks in walls and other areas around the house. These eggs are very hard to see, but with a magnifying glass, you can locate them.
Depending on the environment, the life cycle of a silverfish may last up to three years. As they grow older, they develop a shiny metallic appearance.
Silverfish are also known for their love of protein. They often eat items that are greasy or that have glue.
Silverfish are attracted to dark, moist places. You can prevent an infestation by making sure your home is well ventilated. Installing fans and dehumidifiers can help. Also, sealing cracks leading outside can help reduce moisture.
One of the best ways to keep silverfish away is to seal off their entry points. If you are unable to keep them out of your home, use sticky traps to lure them. Sticky traps are effective at controlling small populations.
Female silverfish lay eggs in the cracks and crevices of your home. These eggs are small. When they hatch, they are about a millimeter in length. Usually, a group of one or two eggs is laid at a time.