One of the more interesting looking insects that can infest the home is one of the many different classes of Thysanura. This animal is sliver and can have a blue contrast known simply as Silverfish. Sometimes this type of creature can be called fish moth but will usually be referred to as the color coated option, as the body is a greyish silver hue. The movement of this pest is very much like a fish in the way it sways but it is of course not related to any sea life that you might find.
Originally found in many parts of Africa, Europe and Asia this insect has traveled to nearly all continents with the exception of frigid areas near the poles of the earth. They love humidity and heat, and will often inhabit areas that are moist and have high density throughout the air. They will be found through homes in bathrooms, behind walls, garages, and anywhere there is a good amount of heat and moisture. They can infest a home and develop a great deal of issues.
They have a three step ritual to mate and can grow rapidly through their life cycle. The female can lay up to 60 eggs at one time but only lay around 100 max in the span of their life. They can live upwards of 8 years at the most and they don’t necessarily reproduce as rapidly as other insects, so they will not be so swift to notice if they are growing in numbers in your home.
Silverfish eat organic and inorganic matter and can often times eat things in your home you’re not expecting them to. For instance, they like paper, fibers, photographs, hair, clothing, dandruff, silk, and much more items that you may not assume that they would be eating in the house. They will not eat most foods or contaminate them. They do not transmit diseases to humans but can seem menacing upon first sight and can definitely cause a scare in people that fear small creatures like this. They have natural predators, but it’s not advised to allow earwigs, centipedes and other insects to infest the home to get rid of them.
It’s important to call an exterminator when you encounter these insects in the home. You will not see a huge infestation but you will see signs of their presence throughout moist areas, especially around areas that have files, paper, clothing and more. Attics, basements, closets, cabinets, and other areas that might stay for a long time without opening can be a great home for these, so it’s important to check them often.
An exterminator will spray and put down trappings for these small creatures and ensure that they do not come back. The specialized formula that a professional will have will not only kill the adults but also kill the eggs and destroy them before hatching so that there are no issues. A check up every now and again will keep the issue from becoming bad, and much like other insects, it’s advised not to try the DIY route in regards to exterminating Silverfish.
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