As a child, you may have heard the expression, “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” before curling into bed and drifting off to sleep. While cute and poetic, this rhyme refers to a very real and upsetting threat to households across the world. Unfortunately, bed bugs are only one type of creepy insect to watch out for in your home. Silverfish—named for their silver-gray, scaly bodies—are also frequently found preying on households. Here’s what you need to know about these stubborn creatures:
They are hard to discover:
Silverfish are nocturnal, meaning they tend to hide during the day and save their activity for night, when household members are usually sleeping. This means it can be difficult to learn that these swift, slender creatures have taken up residence in your home.
They thrive in your home:
These insects live in cool, damp places. In nature, silverfish seek shelter under rocks, in bark and leaf mold, or in animal nests. However, they are found hiding in homes with places that offer this desirable atmosphere, including bathtubs and sinks.
They survive on an unusual diet:
Silverfish can actually live for about a year without food. Nonetheless, they enjoy feeding on items that are found in most houses. They often help themselves to cereal, flour, paper, clothing, old boxes, and books. Silverfish are also drawn to the paste that keeps wallpaper intact in many rooms.
They outlive other common pests:
It takes at least two weeks for a silverfish egg to hatch. The eggs are laid in small batches in cracks and crevices and can be difficult to detect. Once hatched, these insects can live up to eight years, and females lay close to 100 eggs in their lifetimes.
If you live in the greater Atlanta area and are experiencing pest control problems, Baco Exterminating can help. With our tradition of excellence, we help protect homes and families from of range of common household pests. To schedule a free consultation, call (770) 409-8882.