The name ‘Silverfish’ might sound like an awesome 80’s soft rock band. However, it actually refers to the small wingless insects you may encounter mostly on late night visits to the washroom. ‘Silver’ due to their silvery gray and blue colouring. ‘Fish’ because of their wiggling, swim-like movements. On the other hand their scientific name, L. saccharina, refers to the insects’ diet which is made up of carbohydrates such as sugars and starches. It is usually their eating habits that create a need for OnSite’s Vancouver Silverfish Control. They eat carpet, clothing, book bindings, paper, hair and anything else starchy. If they gain access to your kitchen cupboards, they’ll eat sugar, flour and cereal. When famished, they have been known to damage leatherware and synthetic fabrics. In addition, they can live more than a year with no food as long as they have access to a water source. However, despite the destruction they can bring, Silverfish are not known to bite humans and do not carry disease.
When identifying Silverfish, there are some unique physical traits which make them easy to recognize. They are a half inch to an inch in length, with an abdomen that tapers at the end. Silverfish are completely wingless. They have a long antennae on the front, three feelers on the back, and six legs. Newly hatched nymphs are white in colour, darkening to silvery grey as they grow into adulthood. An adult female can lay up to 3 eggs on a daily basis, in any dark quiet area of your home. These eggs hatch around the six week period and can live for up to 4 years. They like moist areas and can usually be found in your bathroom, kitchen, attic or basement. If you are considering OnSite’s Vancouver Silverfish Control Service, it’s important to remember that in most cases you won’t even see a Silverfish unless you have an infestation. This is due to their nocturnal nature and sensitivity to light. Populations are slow to grow so infestations are usually found in older houses where they have likely been present for many years.
There are steps you can take in and around your home in order to minimize their presence. Indoors; clean up cardboard boxes, piles of mail and/or newspapers. Vacuum regularly and store all dried foods in sealable glass or plastic containers. If you rotate your wardrobe, make sure to store off-season clothing in closed bins somewhere dry. Outdoors ensure all leaves and other soggy remnants are removed from the perimeter of your home. Also block all points of access and egress by sealing any cracks.
Should you feel you are in need of professional assistance, OnSite’s Vancouver Silverfish Control is a service on which you can rely. Your fully trained and certified technician applies a residual treatment to all the cracks and crevices of lower cupboards found in the kitchen and bathroom areas. Following this the entire perimeter of the unit is treated to prevent these pests from returning. In addition, all of our treatments are backed by a 6 month warranty.
So call On Site on 604-266-7483 with any questions you might have, or to book your Vancouver Silverfish Control Service today.