SILVERFISH

 Habits:   Silverfish  can be accidentally brought into buildings with boxes of materials that have been stored in infested areas.   They can also move indoors from the outside. Once inside structures, they move quickly through buildings in search for food.   When they find a source, they will generally stay close to it.

Diet:   Feeding on carbohydrates, they can be particularly destructive to anything containing starch.   Their diet includes paste, sizing, book bindings, glucose, flour, cereals, glue, starch, papers and fabrics.  They prefer warm damp conditions and can be found in kitchens, bathroom, cylinder cupboards and libraries.  Silverfish are hardy creatures and can live for several months without food.

Biology:   Silverfish are primitive, flat, wingless insects, grey in colour with three tail like appendages at the end of the abdomen.   Silverfish are nocturnal and very active at night.  They run rapidly and their style of movement resembles that of a swimming fish, hence the name silverfish.  They will live in soil, and under stones and are particularly fond of insulated ceilings.

Development: (Goes from Eggs to Nymph without Metamorphosis)
Silverfish do not go through metamorphosis, they go straight from eggs to nymphs.   Their mouth parts are formed for chewing and they have up to 13 body segments and 3 pair of legs. Active all year round, they breed mainly in the Spring and Summer, the number off eggs laid varies greatly, and they are laid progressively and indiscriminately. Full development can take up to 4 years or more, during which time the nymphs moult and grow many times. An unusual feature of silverfish is that the female becomes sexually mature and lays eggs long before she has ceased to mould and grow.  Silverfish are normally regarded as vectors of disease although they are well known for frequenting drains and ducting.

Control:   When silverfish are sighted or their damage is suspected, inspect basements, closets, storage areas, and other potential silverfish sites to determine the source of the problem.   Set out sticky traps to help determine where silverfish numbers are the highest.   Silverfish can wander through buildings as they search for food and can be found away from food sources. Sometimes this source may be in inaccessible sites.   Concentrate management efforts at the source of the infestations.

 Silverfish Control:  

Includes, Fumigation, Residual Spray and Dusting.

Because Silverfish are very hard to control you may require maintenance treatments.

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