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The Top 5 Need to Knows of Silverfish

1. There is a reason they are hard to catch!

It is not their silver color that gives the illusion of their speed. Silverfish are very agile and
are known to outrun even the speedy centipede. They are completely wingless, which means they
rely on their legs alone to help them escape from predators. They also lack venom or fangs too
help ward off predators, and so it is through evasion alone that they stay alive. The quickness and
wiggling movement are what earned them their name in the first place.

2. You will only see them at night!

That’s right. Silverfish are entirely nocturnal insects who sleep the day away in small cracks
or holes within your home. They are known for their compound eyes which make them very
sensitive to light. To assist their sensitive eyes, they use their two very long antennae as sensors
to guide them through the world. If you are searching for the source of silverfish in your home,
look in the darker areas of your home first during the night when they come out to hunt for food.

3. They prefer sugars and starches.

Unlike other insects, silverfish prefer to snack on starches, carbohydrates, and proteins. They
often find these sources from items within your home such as clothing fabrics like linen and
cotton, book binding glue, and the paste from wallpaper. These may seem strange, but before
you blame the moths for holes in your favorite sweaters consider looking for signs of silverfish.
They will also feast on items from your pantry, so make sure to keep all food items sealed and
stored somewhere secure. Food items they will gravitate towards include: starches such as bread,
oats and cereals as well as sugar and flour.

4. Silverfish live long lives.

In comparison to many insects, the lifespan of the silverfish is extremely long. The average
lifespan of a silverfish is anywhere between three to six years. They reach adulthood anywhere
between three months to three years and can begin reproducing once they have hit their maturity.
When they reproduce, their mating cycle must complete a three-phase cycle. Once that cycle has
completed and they have mated, a female can lay up to one hundred eggs at a time. That is a lot
of silverfish entering your home at once should they mate within your home without you
knowing. The eggs are very small and can take anywhere between two weeks and two months to
hatch.

5. If not removed, they can do great damage to your home.

They have a few natural predators such as spiders, earwigs, and centipedes. Beyond that, it is
up to you to discard of the silverfish from your home. Fear not. There are several steps you can
take to remove these pests promptly. The first being diatomaceous powder being sprinkled
around the baseboards of your home. This powder will kill any silverfish that stumble upon it as
it causes them to lose all moisture in their bodies. You also can set up traps that are available and
attract the silverfish greatly. Once they have been trapped they will consume the boric acid
which will poison them and end your silverfish problem once and for all.