Everything you need to know about pests
What are silverfish?
Silverfish are nocturnal insects up to a half inch long that can survive in most climates. They hide where it's dark and damp sucn as basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms, frequently in stored boxes. They feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. They also like cellulose, glue in books, linen and other dead insects. They have often been found in unopened food packages.
They reproduce by mating with females which, depending on the particular species, can lay from 2 to 20 eggs per day. Predators feeding on silverfish are spiders, centipedes and earwigs. They move very quickly and can go unnoticed for a long time since they like the dark. They can reproduce quickly, so an infestation can sometimes occur before you notice anything. They can sometimes be detected by the damage they do to clothes, paper in books, and wallpaper.
Where are they and how do I get rid of them?
They prefer high humidity and the nymphs develop much faster in humid conditions. The best way to prevent an infestation is to control humidity with proper caulking and do stringent housekeeping in the kitchen and bathrooms to limit their potential feeding sites. However, it is recommended to call a Jersey City pest removal professional if you already have an infestation. Home repellants such as cinnamon can repel them but don't kill them or their eggs. Do it yourself treatments rarely work. They may eliminate them temporarily only to have them return. Silverfish traps can catch and kill one but they don't do anything to reduce the population. An infestation requires professional treatment, If you think you have an infestation, you should call a professional pest service for an evaluation.
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