Silverfish are one of the most primitive insect species that are still alive. They live and breed in the wild, but are also found in homes. Often, they live in basements, attics, and laundry rooms.
Silverfish are nocturnal insects, which means that they are active during the evening and night. Their lifespan is relatively short, but they reproduce at astonishing rates. For this reason, silverfish infestations are a problem.
Silverfish feed on a variety of food, including paper, starches, protein, and sugar. They also eat other insects. In addition, they will eat flakes of old paint.
While they are considered a pest, silverfish are generally harmless to humans. However, they can damage your clothes, furniture, and books. If you want to keep silverfish from taking up residence in your home, you should eliminate clutter. Using caulk to seal up cracks, airtight containers, and vacuuming book bindings are other ways to keep them from invading your house.
Silverfish eggs are elliptical in shape, and they take approximately 19 to 60 days to hatch. Females can lay up to 50 eggs at a time.
When a female silverfish lays an egg, she deposits it in a warm, damp crevice. The male then distributes a spermatophore, which is a capsule coated in gossamer, into the female’s ovipositors.
After the nymph molts several times, it becomes an adult. It is generally a 0.5 to 1 inch insect, though some species can reach two inches in length.