You may know them as bristletails or fishmoths, but these wingless insects, Lespisma sacchrina, are most frequently called silverfish. They get their name from the distinct, metallic sheen of their silver scales along with the tapered, almost fish-like shape of their bodies. Thanks to their love of warmth and moisture, these bugs are often found in your home’s humid areas, like basements, bathrooms, attics, and garages. Like cockroachessilverfish love to eat things that are high in sugar and carbs. They will munch many items in your home, including books, fabric, carpet, and even glue, which can be detrimental to the integrity of the furnishings in your home.

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Breeding And Behavior
Their breeding is prolific and clever. After their eggs are fertilized, females hide them in dark crevices, making the eggs difficult to remove. It takes three to six weeks for an egg to hatch, but a single one can lay up to three eggs a day over several weeks. Without treatment and prevention, you could have babies popping out of your walls and floors every single day.
You won’t find them hanging out on your countertops or in your window seals. These nocturnal speedsters hate the sun. That is why you will find them hiding in the dark and darting from hiding spot to hiding spot as they move around your home.
Signs Of Infestation
Often, the first signs of an infestation is irregular bite marks and black speckles of feces along the sides of boxes and paper materials. If the infestation is severe, you may see the husks that remain after the insects molt their scales. However, it takes a keen eye to spot some of the signs, which can make them difficult to eradicate without professional help.
Are They Really That Bad?
Silverfish can be incredibly damaging to your home. An untreated infestation can lead to the degradation of your carpet, wallpaper, furniture, paper goods, and food supply. Not only do they cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair, but they also have the power to damage roofing materials and other parts of your home.
What is really worrisome about an infestation is the implication that if silverfish are in your home, so are any number of other invasive pests. They enter your home through cracks in the structure, damaged pipes, or improperly sealed doors and windows, which are prime entry methods for spidersroachessmall rodents, and ants.
At Go-Pher The Kill Pest Control, we will get your problem under control and discover any other pests that may be in the home. Our initial inspection focuses on revealing more than pests; we also find pest damage and potential for future infestations. We can then discuss the best treatment options to get your infestation under control and keep your home pest-free in the future.
If you are suffering from silverfish or other pests, let our professionals reclaim your home and get you the peace of mind you deserve. Call Go-Pher The Kill Pest Control for a free estimate today.