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Silverfish

 

LepismaSaccharinais better known as silverfish or fishmoth. They are a small wingless insect which is a blueish greyish colour and they are roughly 12-20 mm long.

Silverfish are a nocturnal insect and are known for their wiggly movement which resembles a fish with the way they move.

When Silverfish mate they undergo the dance of love which the male and female Silverfish stand face to face with their antennae’s touching, they do this several times before the male Silverfish runs away with the female chasing him, once the female Silverfish catches up to him they will stand side by side with head to tail and the male Silverfish will vibrate his tail against the females tale. The male will lay spermatophore which the female will take via her ovipositor which will fertilise her eggs. The female Silverfish will lay roughly 60 eggs in cracks &crevices, they are a whitish colour and usually will take around 2 weeks to hatch. Nymph Silverfish are a smaller version of their adult Silverfish but are white but as they molt they will turn to their greyish colour.

Silverfish will feed on a variety of sources which can be any of the following, Cellulose, carbohydrates, shampoos, books which have glue binding, sugars and starches, linen, silk, cotton and dead.

While Silverfish are not known to carry bacteria which are harmful to humans they can contaminate your food that you keep in your cupboard.

Silverfish are known for liking damp and dark places like basements, kitchens, bathrooms, attics, garages, sheds and stored boxes.

Silverfish can survive almost anywhere, Silverfish do prefer climates with high humidity as this is how they develop at a faster rate.

If you have an infestation of Silverfish call Redline Pest Control on 02 9920 0790 or 0426 002 007 to organise for a highly qualified technician to come out and eradicate the infestation you have.