Silverfish are small insects, and can be found in a wide variety of locations. These common pests are usually found outdoors, but can be found inside buildings.
They are small, wingless, metallic-looking insects that have three bristle-like appendages at the end of their bodies. Adults can grow up to an inch or two, and can be brown, silver or gray.
During the day, they hide in cracks and crevices. During the night, they are active and search for food.
When you first see a silverfish, it looks like a fish. It’s silver or silvery blue in colour. The slug-like nymphs are pale in color, and the adult silverfish can be 1/8 to 1/2 inches long.
Silverfish can live for many years, and may be a problem outside as well as in your home. If you have an infestation, you can eliminate it by using natural methods or by relying on a chemical approach.
Ideally, you should use a combination of methods to get rid of a silverfish infestation. In particular, you should consider eliminating moisture and weeds from the yard. You should also check the entire building.
Despite their tiny size, silverfish can leave a significant amount of damage to your property. In addition to chewing through paper and linens, they can contaminate food and other materials.
Silverfish can be introduced into your home through cardboard boxes, books, or other materials that have been opened. Generally, the females lay eggs in the cracks and crevices of your home. Their offspring can reach sexual maturity after three to four months.