pests

Silverfish

Silverfish

Silverfish are nocturnal, flattened insects typically 13–25 mm long. Their body tapers at the end, giving them a fish-like appearance. The newly hatched are whitish, but develop a greyish/silver colour with a metallic shine as they get older. Silverfish completely lack wings, they have long antennae, and move in a wiggling motion that resembles the movement of a fish. Silverfish typically live for two to eight years.

Location in Australia
They are located all over mainland Australia.

Location in Home
They inhabit moist areas, requiring a relative humidity between 75% and 95%.In the general household, they can be found in basements, bathrooms, garages, closets and attics.

What time of Year it’s found
Silverfish can be found all year round.

Food
Silverfish consume matter that contains polysaccharides, such as starches and dextrin in adhesives. These include glue, book bindings, plaster, some paints, paper, photos, sugar, coffee, hair, carpet, clothing and dandruff. Silverfish can also cause damage to tapestries. Other substances that may be eaten include cotton, linen, silk, synthetic fibres and dead insects. They can even go a year without eating.

Why it’s a pest
Silverfish are considered a household pest, due to their consumption and destruction of property. Although they are responsible for the contamination of food and other types of damage, they do not transmit disease.

Prevention
Prevention is hard because silverfish can go so long with out consuming food and yet they can consume almost anything. For ideal prevention, look at the product below.