Silverfish, or Bristletails, are nocturnal insects. They tend to live in damp or damp-moist environments, such as basements and bathrooms.
During the day, silverfish hide in loose floor coverings. At night, they forage in bathrooms, kitchens, and pantries. They are not known to bite or carry disease, but they can cause significant damage.
Silverfish are wingless insects, with a slender, flattened body and a long tail. Their tails have three bristles on the rear. The female lays a number of eggs, which take weeks or months to hatch.
When they become adults, silverfish will begin to moult. Their body will continue to shed its skin throughout their life.
Silverfish can be found all over the world, except Antarctica. In the UK, they can be found in buildings and homes. However, they are most commonly found in the basements and attics.
Silverfish are not poisonous, but they can irritate some people’s allergies. They are also known to chew through books and paper, and can leave small holes in curtains and wallpaper.
If you have a silverfish infestation, the first thing to do is eliminate the source of food. You can put out a bait, or you can use chemicals. These can help keep the numbers down.
Silverfish like to eat sugar and starch, so try to store items in airtight containers. They can also be attracted to moisture and food residue.
To control an infestation, you can spray the affected areas with a natural repellent, such as peppermint and eucalyptus oil. For the best results, make sure that the oils are 100% pure.