If you live in the UK, you’ve probably noticed that silverfish have become an increasing pest in our homes. They can be a nuisance and cause damage to many different household objects.
Silverfish are wingless insects with a carrot-shaped body and tiny scales. Their long antennae are used to detect air currents.
These little creatures are about half an inch long and can be found in a variety of places. They like to live in dark, damp environments. Generally, they are not poisonous or harmful to humans. However, some people may develop an allergic reaction to the scales.
Silverfish can be hard to get rid of. They are very resilient and can survive in dry conditions for weeks without food.
When they are alive, they eat sugar, starch, and cellulose. They also like to munch on paper, wallpaper glue, and books.
Silverfish are a nocturnal species, primarily living in dark, damp areas. They are especially attracted to the under-sink area in the kitchen and bathrooms.
The male and female have very complex courtship behaviors. They will lay eggs in cracks and crevices near food.
Silverfish lay eggs in groups and the eggs take several weeks to hatch. A female lays around 100 eggs during her lifetime.
Once the eggs hatch, the nymphs begin to moult. Adults continue to moult throughout their lifetime.
In order to eliminate silverfish from your home, you can treat your house with essential oils. Mix the oils with water and spray them on the affected areas.