Affordable Silverfish Treatment
Ever seen a small, silvery fish-like insect scurrying around? Chances are that was a silverfish. Although they are a common pest in Australia, our silverfish control experts have the know-how to get rid of your infestation.
What are Silverfish?
Silverfish are small bluish-silver, white, or brown-grey insects that get their name from their color and fish-like wiggling movements. They have 2 antennae attached to the head and 3 antenna-like appendages in the rear. These creatures are wingless and usually are 12 – 25 millimeters long.
Did you know? Silverfish are one of the oldest insect species, having lived for over 400 million years.
Since they are nocturnal, run quickly and thrive in dark, damp environments, silverfish can be hard to find. Common places to spot silverfish are cabinets, bookcases, storage boxes and anywhere with dry food.
The most common types in Queensland are:
Signs of Infestation
Other than spotting silverfish, the biggest sign that your home has an infestation is damage to books, cardboard, wallpaper and clothing. These are the most common food sources for the insect, but they are attracted to all starchy substances like adhesives, leather and even hair. Because their diet is diverse, feeding marks or holes may be found on most starchy items.
You may also find yellow stains or dust on infested materials (especially books) or feces pellets that look like black peppercorn.
During the adolescent and nymph stages of life, silverfish will shed their skin. These small, delicate husks are often found in the same small cracks or crevices where the insects lay their oval eggs. About 1 millimeter in length, the eggs are soft and white when first laid. But they will turn yellow after a few hours.
Treatments for Infestations
The best way to treat them is through prevention by keeping your home dry and crumb-free. Use a ventilator or dehumidifier in moist and humid areas, like your bathroom or kitchen. Clean up food particles frequently and keep dry food in sealed containers.
Cover cracks and crevices with caulk to avoid having eggs laid. Remove all debris, dried plants etc. from around the house to keep them from coming inside. Also, reduce the amount of starchy substances (old papers, cardboard etc.) whenever possible.
Spray cedar oil. The pheromones repel silverfish. Bay leaves can also be used. If those remedies don’t work consider hiring a professional silverfish control expert.
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