WHAT ARE SILVERFISH?
Silverfish are cone shaped insects that are about 10 mm long. At their tail they have three distinct tail like appendages. Their cocoon stage is a tan colour and round and hairy. Often in high numbers. Mostly active at night they prefer areas with higher humidity. They feed on food rich in carbohydrates. In particular they eat the paste in book bindings, along with paper and also fabrics. They have also been known to eat mould.
Interesting facts about silverfish Also known as bristletails or firebrats, these extraordinary insects have lots of interesting features:
- They live a very long life.
If you’re suffering from a silverfish problem in your home, you’re probably hoping they have a short lifespan. Not so. Silverfish live a very long life, from 3 to 6 years on average. In fact, some silverfish have been known to live over 8 years!
- They’re hard to kill.
Silverfish possess an amazing tolerance to bug poisons, possibly due to their long history helping them build up an immune tolerance.
- They have weird tastes.
If you think by stashing the sweets you’ll ditch your silverfish problem, think again. Silverfish can live up to a year without food, and have a very unusual diet, consisting mainly of paper, glue, and other starchy substances like toothpaste, pasta, and cardboard.
WHY DO I HAVE A SILVERFISH?
Silverfish come into a house or business looking for warmth and food. Once they are established they can be difficult to remove.
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HOW DOES ACES GET RID OF SILVERFISH?
Silverfish may need a chemical treatment to successfully get rid of them. You need to be mindful of part of their lifecycle that makes them difficult to successfully eradicate- the cocoon stage. ACES uses a combination of treatments to exterminate silverfish including their cocoon stage.
It is worth considering moisture levels in the house of business. Is it damp? Could some form of control be suitable?
Are things stored in cardboard boxes? Can you dispose or store in plastic containers their food sources e.g. paper and books?
DOES DIY SILVERFISH WORK?
The silverfish has a very protective cocoon stage of its life cycle. You need a restricted product to treat this part of their life cycle. Call the professionals to provide a safe solution.
IS THE TREATMENT SAFE
Silverfish, products used for treatments are low toxicity to people their children and pets.
Further we use our chemicals in a safe method
Let's kick out the Silverfish and reduce your stress levels. Please get in contact with ACES pest control.
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