Silverfish–Sort of Silver, Definitely Not Fish

Silverfish Thrasher Pest ControlLook what dropped in on us recently. Silverfish are wingless and are silver or brown in color because their bodies are covered with fine scales. They are generally soft bodied, up to 3/4 inch long, flattened from top to bottom, elongated and oval in shape, have three long tail projections and two long antennae.

Female silverfish lay eggs continuously after reaching the adult stage and may lay over 100 eggs during her life. Eggs are deposited singly or in small groups in cracks and crevices and hatch in 3 to weeks. Silverfish develop from egg to young to adult within 4 to 6 weeks and continue to molt throughout their life.

Silverfish are chewing insects and general feeders but prefer carbohydrates and protein, including flour, dried meat, rolled oats, paper and even glue (how about that for a diet?). They survive long periods, sometimes over a year, without food but are sensitive to moisture and require humidity to survive. They are fast running and mostly active at night.

Silverfish are a nuisance pest inside homes and buildings. They can contaminate food, damage paper goods and stain clothing. Many of their habits are similar to cockroaches and they appear to be more common as household pests in drier parts of California.

By |2014-01-23T15:24:15+00:00February 13th, 2012|Categories: General Pest Control|Tags: |0 Comments

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Garrett Thrasher is Vice President and General Manager of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal, Inc., Chairperson of the San Diego District of the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC), a member of the bedbugFREE network, and a member of the National Pest Management Association. Author of The Bed Bug Battle Plan: Field Tested Solutions for Bed Bug Extermination and Prevention (ISBN: 1500838209), Garrett’s solid understanding of bed bugs, their behavior, current outbreaks, and experience on camera has made him a leading contact for news and media outlets. He is also a sought after speaker on the topic of managing online reviews for positive impact. He has spoken at PestWorld and PestTech, and was featured in PCT Magazine and the PCT Podcast. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal is accredited by QualityPro–the mark of excellence in pest management.

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