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Silverfish Bug


Facts About The Silverfish Bug

The silverfish bug has flat and long bodies and they are anywhere from 1/3 to ¾ inches long.  They also have the shape of a carrot.  They are covered in scales and they will have two antennas coming off of their heads.  They also have similar looking appendages that are coming off of their tail ends.  You will not see this bug during the day as they are usually hiding at this time.  They tend to come out at night.

They tend to hide under or behind things and they like to be in cool, damp places.  The places that you most likely will find them in your home include basements, kitchens and bathrooms.  It is interesting to keep in mind that a female silverfish bug can lay up to 100 eggs during their life.  When they lay the eggs, they may lay one or two at a time.  The eggs will usually hatch in three to six weeks.  The bug itself usually finds its way into your home in your food, old papers, or old books.

You can work towards 100% sanitation in your home to rid it of silverfish bugs but this is generally not completely effective.  This is because the bug will often find its way into walls in order to live.  You can begin by cleaning out old books and papers that they may make their homes.  You can also use dehumidifiers in order to decrease the humidity in your home.  This can make a big difference as well.  If you have a water source for the bug such as broken pipes or leaky faucets, you may wan to get those repaired as well.  You can purchase different sprays and insect killers in order to help you get rid of these bugs.  If you do go this route you must remember to spray it in small cracks or behind furniture that is never moved.  This helps to get to the root of the problem, where the silverfish bug frequently hides and lives.  You can also use caulking in order to fill small cracks and holes that are an entry point into your home.

Another option to help with the removal of these bugs would include removing old wallpaper in your home.  This bug will often eat the wallpaper.  Therefore, if the wallpaper is torn or peeling off of the wall, the bug will have access to the glue and they will eat it.  You may want to consider cutting this piece off, reattaching it, or simply removing the paper completely.  Silverfish bugs do not like heat or light.  Therefore if you heat the room about 80 degrees and use light to force them into manageable areas of your home you will be able to control them better.

No one likes bugs.  They can make you feel uneasy and uncomfortable in your own home.  If you know what type of bug you are dealing with it becomes easier to exterminate them and keep them from returning to your home.  When you are attempting to rid your home of the silverfish bug you are going to need to use prevention and extermination methods.  This is because once your home is rid of these little creatures you will be able to keep them out.  You can always call a local exterminator and ask them what you should do about this problem if you are not successful with methods that you have tried.  You should also attempt to find out how they entered your home in the first place.  If they entered from something you bought at the store, you may want to watch the next purchase from that store.  If you recently bought books at an old bookstore you may want to shop somewhere else in the future.  Knowledge is often your best defense against the silverfish bug.

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