Probably the most commonly encountered bristletail is the silverfish, Lepisma saccharina Linnaeus. The silvery scales of the silverfish rub off easily when touched or moved. The scales can lead to a “dirty” or “smeared” appearance on walls or on paper. They can grow up to three-quarters of an inch in length and vary in color from silver to dark gray.
Silverfish typically prefer warm areas of 70 plus degrees Fahrenheit. They also prefer moist or humid areas. These conditions are ideal for optimum survival and egg laying and development.
Silverfish usually infest structures such as houses and other dwellings, commercial buildings, schools, libraries, and any other structure with conditions conducive to survival and with adequate food sources. Silverfish prefer to stay hidden in tight places and are mostly active at night. While diet varies slightly by species, silverfish will readily attack books, paper, wallpaper, paste, dried meats, and even insects. These pests can also eat many accumulated types of debris found in cracks and crevices as well as behind moldings, furniture, and baseboards.
Silverfish are a common complaint among homeowners in the Washington, D.C. region and My Pest Pros technicians can help to eradicate these annoying pests. My Pest Pros proudly offers regular treatments as well as organic treatments to eliminate pests in any way possible.
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