Silverfish are the small wingless insects you may encounter mostly on late-night visits to the washroom. They get their name from their silvery gray and blue colouring, as well as their wiggling, swim-like movements. These pests are mostly a nuisance due to their feeding habits. They eat carpet, clothing, book bindings, paper, hair, and anything else starchy. If they gain access to your kitchen cupboards, they’ll eat sugar, flour, and cereal. When famished, they have been known to damage leatherware and synthetic fabrics. In addition, they can live more than a year with no food as long as they have access to a water source. If you are experiencing many silverfish in your GTA home or business, it’s best to enlist the help of a silverfish extermination expert.
When identifying silverfish, there are some unique physical traits that make them easy to recognize. They are a half-inch to an inch in length, with an abdomen that tapers at the end. Silverfish are completely wingless. They have long antennae on the front, three feelers on the back, and six legs. Newly hatched nymphs are white in colour, darkening to a silvery grey as they grow into adulthood. An adult female can lay up to 3 eggs on a daily basis, in any dark quiet area of your home. These eggs hatch around the six week period and can live for up to 4 years. They like moist areas and can usually be found in your bathroom, kitchen, attic, or basement.
If you are considering getting silverfish removal services, it’s important to remember that in most cases you won’t even see a silverfish unless you have an infestation. This is due to their nocturnal nature and sensitivity to light. Populations are slow to grow so infestations are usually found in older houses where they have likely been present for many years.