Pest Information

Silverfish

DESCRIPTION

SilverfishThese insects have three long “tails” at the end of their body and are silvery grey in colour. They have long, slender antennae; the body is about 6mm long. They are generally active at night and remain in protected harbourages during the day.

BIOLOGY

(Lepisma saccharina): Silverfish prefer cool and damp locations where the temperature ranges from 20 to 25 C. They are usually found in kitchens and bathrooms, and sometimes in basements.

They feed on microscopic mould and fungi that grows in these locations. Adults and immatures have similar habits; the adults may live for more than a year.

SOLUTION

Removing accumulations of paper, magazines, and books from damp areas may help reduce infestations.