They are nocturnal and prefer out of the way humid, dark areas. They are brought into homes through books, papers, cardboard, cartons, etc. They feed on starchy substances such as glue, paper, textiles and they will eat crumbs of bread or biscuits. They also may be seen when objects they are under move.
Preparation Steps for Silverfish Treatment
1. Removing Items and debris from moist dark areas such as under porches, in window well, around rock gardens, etc. to allow access to the technician.
2. Vacate the premises during service and do not re-enter until at least 4 hours after treatment or until the product is completely dry. Open windows for 20 minutes after re-entry if possible.
3. Before service, infants, pregnant women and people suffering from heart, kidney, respiratory ailments or allergies should consult a medical doctor.
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Silverfish- Questions and Answers
Do silverfish carry germs and disease organisms?
No. Silverfish usually live in warm and humid places, in basements, around water pipes, and inside linen closets. The silverfish does not breed in or live off decaying organic matter (garbage). Therefore they are less likely to pick up disease causing organisms on their body.
What do silverfish eat?
They feed on starchy substances such as paper, glue, textiles, but they will also eat biscuit and bread crumbs.
How long do they live?
The majority live about 2 years at a temperature of 31 °C (84 degrees Fahrenheit).
How can I prevent a re-infestation of silverfish?
Where possible, change the physical environment, control or eliminate areas of chronic moisture, e.g. leaking plumbing (particularly laundry rooms). Reduce hiding places by strategically caulking, etc. vacuum and re-organize likely hiding places on a regular basis.
What time of the year are silverfish most commonly found?
Silverfish are year-round pests.
When am I most likely to see silverfish?
Silverfish are nocturnal and are most active at night.