CONTROL OF SILVERFISH

  • Inspect preferred habitat
  • Eliminate moisture (leaking pipes, cracks and crevices)
  • Remove (put into containers) food sources
  • Exterior: Remove anything stored against or near the exterior
  • Cleared building can then be treated (especially under bottom row of any siding)

ABOUT SILVERFISH

  • Can be found in wood piles, debris piled on the soil, in and under plywood, cardboard, etc.
  • Can easily climb up and find entrances into buildings (around window and door frames, utility pipes, vents, fascia boards, etc)
  • Often enter buildings from cardboard boxes, books and papers
  • Heat ducts from basements can be ways to spread
 

CHARACTERISTICS OF SILVER FISH

  • Teardrop shaped body
  • 3 long taillike appendages
  • Covered with silvery scales
  • Found throughout the US and world
  • 1/2 - 3/4" long (not including tail)
  • Females lay 1-3 eggs per day (in cracks, under objects or exposed)
  • Most requires heat (70 - 85 degrees) and relative humidity (70-100%) to hatch
  • Development (egg to adult) 3-4 months - can take up to 2-3 years
  • Live about 3 years
  • Hide during the day, resting in tight cracks or crevices
  • Can be found anywhere in the house, commercial buildings (offices, stores, libraries, etc)  
  • Good climbers

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