Lepisma Saccharina better known as silverfish are a small wingless insect which is a bluey grey colour and roughly 12-20 mm long.
Did you know that the silverfish move in a wiggling movement motion which looks like a fish and is often called fishmoth.
Silverfish prefer dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms. Silverfish are attracted to paper and damp clothing. Silverfish are commonly found in stored boxes in garages and sheds.
Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. Cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk and dead insects may be food sources.
Silverfish undergo a dance of love prior to mating. The male and female Silverfish stand face to face, their trembling antennae touching, then repeatedly back off and return to this position. In the second phase the male runs away and the female chases him. In the third phase the male and female Silverfish stand side by side and head-to-tail, with the male vibrating his tail against the female. The female Silverfish than lays anywhere between 5 to 30 eggs depending on the species of Silverfish.
Silverfish control is straight forward if using the right products and applying the product correctly. An effective way of controlling silverfish involves the thorough treatment of likely activity areas such as roof voids and subfloors, combined with the residual treatment of your internal skirting boards. Our general pest treatment includes these measures and will control the heaviest of infestations or prevent one from happening.
If you find that you have a Silverfish problem please call PestFree on 1800 15 30 10 or head to our website https://www.pestfreesydney.com.au/ to arrange a time for one of our trusty technicians to come out and treat the area that the Silverfish are invading.