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SILVERFISH

SILVERFISH

Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina)

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Silverfish in Arizona

Key to effective pest control for silverfish is correct identification, followed with an interior and exterior pest control application targeting silverfish in harboring and breeding areas. Responsible Pest Control offers effective pest control for silverfish and desert pests in Mesa & Greater Phoenix, AZ.

THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME TO GREATLY REDUCE SILVERFISH INCLUDE:

  • Moisture Elimination {This may include fixing leaky pipes.}
  • Crack and Crevice Sealing
  • Removing Food Sources {dead silverfish and paper collections}
  • Vacuum

SILVERFISH IDENTIFICATION

Silverfish are considered just nuisance pests, because that pose no medical threat. Silverfish are an extremely common pest in the Phoenix Valley desert, and infest inside desert homes because they usually need humidity or moisture, but they can actually survive weeks without food or water. There are 3 different types of silverfish including: L. saccharina, Fourlined silverfish, and Grey silverfish.

L.saccharina feed on paper and paper glues, they love wall paper, and live anywhere through the house. They also feed on proteins for other dead silverfish and dried meat.

Fourlined silverfish live inside and outside. They infest through out homes, in basements, garages, and attics. Outside they infest mulch around the foundation.

Grey silverfish live throughout homes but do not live outside. They feed on papers made from plants, and animal carbs and proteins. They prefer to eat linen, but also feed on eat fake silk, rayon, and cottons. HVAC ducting is a preferred traveling are through which these silverfish spread. These silverfish thrive in dry and moist conditions.

  • Silverfish coloring is silvery to brown.
  • Silverfish have soft bodies that are covered with fine scales—like a fish.
  • Adult silverfish get up to 3/4 inch long.
  • Their bodies are elongated & oval in shape.
  • Silverfish have two antennae.

SILVERFISH INFESTATION

Silverfish infestations are often brought into a home via: cardboard boxes, books, and papers from an infested place. Silverfish roam looking for food and hide during the day in cracks and crevices. Silver fish breed in protected areas like: wall voids, under sub-floors and in attics, etc. An infestation of silverfish can damage:

  • Book bindings
  • Curtains
  • Wallpaper
  • can contaminate food.

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