Silverfish are primitive, wingless insects. This means they are older than cockroaches. They are covered with silvery scales. They are flat and “carrot” shaped. Three long, slender, antennae-like appendages project from the end of the body. Because of this, silverfish are also called “bristle tails.”
Size: 1/2 of an inch long
Activity/Behavior: Silverfish are tropical insects. This means they prefer warm (71 to 90 degrees), moist locations. They often hide during the day and rest in tight cracks and crevices.
Where They Live: They can be found almost anywhere in the house: basement, individual floors, attics, and shingles on the roof. Outside, they are likely to be found in mulch, and under siding or roof shingles (particularly cedar shakes).
Tips for Control: Be sure to seal off any cracks or crevices that access warmer areas of the house.
How Suburban Exterminating Can Help: Control of silverfish takes persistence and experience because wood shingles are very difficult to fully treat. Also, silverfish reproduce so rapidly, it’s extremely difficult to fully control the infestation. An infestation sometimes can be controlled using over-the-counter products, but silverfish have many hard-to-reach hiding places. A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of silverfish.
Suburban Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA. Our technicians are registered and licensed with NY State. Our technicians participate in a continuing education program.
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