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Silverfish are wingless insects that have a silvery bluish look and a hard exoskeleton. They have torpedo shaped bodies that make them look like fish, hence the name. They have two antennae on the heads and three tails or antennae on their rear side. When disturbed, they make short darting movements just like fish and they can be very yucky to most.

Breeding

The female lay eggs and then number of eggs laid largely depends on the species with most ranging between 2 to 20 eggs every single day. The insects lay their eggs throughout the seasons and it takes around three months for the larva to develop into adults. It means that you can have major infestations in only a few months if you do not take measures fast. They love moderate temperatures between 60 to 80 degree Fahrenheit, making kitchens, bathrooms, attics and laundry rooms their best habitats in your home.

Diet

The silverfish feeds on carbohydrates, fungi and mold. It puts books, shampoos, clothes, wallpaper, soaps and plants as well as dry foods in danger when you have them in your home. They also love the silk and yarn, glue and boxes among other starchy materials. It is therefore understandable why you will find most of them under or in your sinks, behind wallpaper, bathtubs, door and window frames, closet shelves and baseboards.

Risks

Apart from destroying your valuables like books, clothing and food you have in your pantry, the silverfish are not known to sting or bite and they are not harmful to humans or pets. You might not be at any health risk, but you definitely will incur damages around the house, hence there is still a need to control any infestation you might have. You can easily tell you have an infestation if you have several spotting of the silverfish skittering in damp areas of your home and you might also notice surfaces that are eaten away in patches that are irregular. Pepper like feces and cast skins are also signs that you could be facing an infestation.

Control

Hygiene is one of the best control measures you can make around your home. But since poor hygiene is not all that it takes for your home to have infestations, you might need to consider a treatment method to get rid of the bugs. You can use natural approaches or chemicals that are readily available in the market. The insecticides are effective, but you should use them with care because they can be dangerous to your health and that of your pets. Natural remedies such as baking soda and honey, cider oil and diatomaceous earth can be used to effectively get rid of silverfish. Borax or powdered sugar can be used as bait and you can also find or create simple silverfish traps to eliminate them from your home.

If you find the control a challenge, then you can always seek professional advice or pest control services that are now offered at very reasonable rates and fetch you the desired results in no time at all.

Silverfish might not be harmful to your health, but you definitely will not like living with hundreds of them considering that they breed fast. Find the right treatment today and keep your home free from the creepy bugs.
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Silverfish – What You Should Know

Miami-Dade County: Aventura, Bal Harbour Village, Bay Harbor Islands, Biscayne Park , Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Doral, El Portal, Florida City, Golden Beach, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Homestead, Indian Creek Village, Islandia, Key Biscayne Village, Medley, Miami City, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Shores Village, Miami Springs, North Bay Village, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-Locka, Palmetto Bay Village, Pinecrest , South Miami, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Sweetwater, Virginia Gardens and West Miami.

Broward County: Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood Florida, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderdale by the Sea, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors .

Palm Beach County: West Palm Beach , Boca Raton , Boynton Beach , Delray Beach , Greenacres , Jupiter , Lake Worth , Palm Beach Gardens , Royal Palm Beach and Wellington .

Monroe County: Key Largo , Islamorada , Marathon and Key West.

Ants: Acrobat Ant, Allegheny Mound Ant, Argentine Ant, Big-headed Ant, Carpenter Ant, Citronella Ant, Crazy Ant, Field Ant, Fire Ant, Ghost Ant, Harvester Ant, Little Black Ant, Moisture Ant, Odorous House Ant, Pavement Ant, Pharaoh Ant, Texas Leaf Cutter Ant, Thief Ant, Velvety Tree Ant and White-footed Ant.

Bitings Insects: Bed Bugs, Bird Lice, Cat Flea, House Mosquito, Human Head Lice, Kissing Bug, Pubic Lice and Thrips

Mosquitoes: Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes-Aegypti Mosquito and Culex Mosquito.

Cockroaches: American Cockroach, Asian Cockroach, Australian Cockroach, Brown Banded Cockroach, Cuban Cockroach, Florida Woods Cockroach, German Cockroach, Oriental Cockroach, Smoky Brown Cockroach, Surinam Cockroach and Woods Cockroach.

Flies: Blow Fly and Bottle Fly, Cluster Fly, Crane Fly, Face Fly, Flesh Fly, Fruit Fly, Fungus Gnat, House Fly, Drain Fly and Phorid Fly.

Rodents: Deer Mouse, House Mouse, Norway Rat, Pack Rat, Roof Rat, Vole and White-footed Mouse.

Spiders: Black Widow Spider , Brown Recluse Spider, Cellar Spider, Crab Spider, Domestic House Spider, Funnelweb Spider, Garden Spider, Ground Spider, Hobo Spider, House Spider, Jumping Spider, Spiny-backed Orb Weaver Spider, Tarantula, Wolf Spider and Yellow Sac Spider.

Stinging Pests: Africanized Honeybee, American Dog Tick, Bald-faced Hornet, Bed Bugs, Bird Lice, Bird Mite, Deer Tick, Brown Dog Tick, Bumblebee, Carpenter Bee, Cat Flea, European Hornet, Fire Ant, Honeybee, Human Head Lice, Kissing Bug, Lone Star Tick, Paper Wasp, Scorpion, Soft Tick, Thrips and Yellow Jacket.

Termites: Dampwood Termite, Drywood Termite, Formosan Subterranean Termite and Subterranean Termite.

Ticks and Mites: American Dog Tick, Bird Mite, Black-legged Tick, Brown Dog Tick, Clover Mite, Lone Star Tick and Soft Tick.

Other Pests: American Spider Beetle, Bean Weevil, Cigarette Beetle, Cowpea Weevil, Dried Fruit Beetle, Drugstore Beetle, Foreign Grain Beetles, Indian Meal Moth, Larder Beetle, Mediterranean Flour Moth, Red or Confused Flour Beetle, Rice & Granary Weevils, Sawtoothed & Merchant, Grain Beetles, Shiny Spider Beetle, Cabinet Beetles, Centipedes & Millipedes, Chinch Bugs and Earwigs.

Silverfish – What You Should Know

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