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The most common colour of silverfish is silver, some species can also have slight brown to blue wash through their colour appearance. Their size can rage from 12 to 30mm and their body is shaped like a teardrop. They have 3 bristles with on their rear and two long antennae on the front.
Silverfish can survive in all climates but prefer dark or damp areas. Most homeowners find them in shoeboxes, cupboards, sheds, and garages and also your walk in wardrobe. Their diet consists of material including sugars or starch. They have known to eat glue in books, linen and silk clothes.
Silverfish reproduction can differ depending on species; some species lay a small amount of eggs per day, maybe 2 to 6. Where other species can lay 4 to 25 eggs. Their eggs are small and oval looking; they are approximately 0.8mm long and taken between 2 to 4 weeks to hatch.
Treating silverfish successfully can be a difficult task as they are nocturnal and active at night. Treating of silverfish usually consists of applying a fine film of dust that contains a small amount of pesticide. This is lightly misted throughout the roof void, under and behind benches and cupboards. This way it is almost impossible for silverfish not to come into contact with the dust.
These methods will deter silverfish but may not fix the population on silverfish in your home.
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