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The existence of silverfish dates back to more than 300 million years. As the name suggests, they resemble the structure of a fish with silvery scales and a streamlined motion.
Silverfish are wingless teardrop-shaped insects that measure up to about 2.5 cm in length; they have three long bristles on the rear and two threadlike antennae at the head.
From egg to adult, the life cycle of a silverfish ranges from three to four months. The female silverfish lays around 100 eggs during her lifetime. Silverfish off-springs are fully formed when they emerge from the egg and under suitable conditions reach maturity in 3-4 months and have a life span of around three years.
Capable of thriving in most climates, silverfish prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches.
Silverfish are generally nocturnal and hence they remain active during the night. Although they don’t bite as mentioned above, they feed on starches which include: books, wall paper and clothing (e.g. cotton clothes).
Silverfish infestations can be found in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, attics and basements. Professional help is recommended for the removal of silverfish.
Please ask us about our Perth Total Extermination Plan which offers ‘on-demand’ protective services for specified pests in all areas inside and outside of your home. For termite inspections in Perth telephone: (08) 9313 2871 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about silverfish control.