Size: About 1/2"
Color: Silverly light gray and blue
Habitat: Cosmopolitan
Found: North America, Europe, Asia and Australia
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Silverfish Control

Silverfish, also commonly known as carpet sharks or fishmoths, are one of the most commonly found house insect pests in the country. Their fishlike movements and also the silver color when they are fully matured are characteristics that give them their common name, silverfish. Usually, they will most commonly be found in areas that are of high moisture. Often times, they will get stuck in the bathtub or sink and will be found the following morning by homeowners or business owners. Although they are attracted to these areas of high moisture, you will be able to find silverfish in any area of the house. They are found all over the United States.

Identifying Silverfish

Silverfish are wingless insects that are elongated in shape and have a tapered abdomen at the end. Many people will commonly describe their shape as long tear-drops. They are also flattened insects that vary in length from about 13 to 25 mm. They are soft bodied which allows them to move in a squirmy movement. Their fish-like and flexible movements and also their fine scales that are silver when they are fully matured, but usually a brown in color gives them their common name, silverfish. They can also be identified by their cerci. They have three long cerci at the tips of their abdomens. One of the cerci points straight out from the end, one faces towards the left, and the last one faces the right. They also have two long antennae at the front of their heads. The cerci and antennae look very similar in form.

Silverfish Habits

Regarding reproduction, the female silverfish can actually lay up to fifty eggs. Usually, silverfish lay their eggs in dark cracks and crevices along in areas that are of high humidity. It takes at least an entire year for the development of a silverfish and once they reach full maturity, silverfish are able to live up to eight years if all environmental conditions are well fit for their survival. Silverfish undergo a simple metamorphosis which means that they simply molt as they grow and do not actually undergo the different stages of development. The silverfish bug will shed its skin many times throughout its lifetime and the young silverfish will change colors from a dark blackish brown to brown and ultimately to a silver color. A good way to find concentrated areas of infestation is to look for their dead and shed skin.

Although silverfish are not harmful to people and animals as far as health risks are involved, they can be a huge nuisance pest and will cause havoc around the household, mainly due to their almost unlimited diet. Silverfish are known to eat just about anything. Their diets include dead hair and skin, glue, paper, clothing, and will also eat human food supplies.

How to Get Rid of Silverfish

There are several prerequisite steps to use before applications of pesticides are used to treat for silverfish infestations. Clutters of papers and other materials along with clutters of food items should be eliminated. Regularly dust rooms and keep sanitation as a regular maintenance discipline. Clutters of items, stacked boxes and paper, and etc. can support infestations from thriving; therefore, it is important to get rid of these materials. Also, relative humidity should be kept at a minimum. Silverfish are attracted to dark areas that are high in moisture and humidity. Also, practice exclusion to get rid of silverfish inside your house. If you are able to find their entrance location and their preferred area of the house where they thrive, treat and enclose these areas. Seal all cracks and crevices as well as all potential entry points.

Chemical control involves using poison baits in the form of a place pack as well as a residual spray. Springtails lay eggs in cracks and crevices in basements, under bathroom fixtures, in wooden cabinets, and around steam or water pipes. Dust insecticides are particularly effective for wall void treatment and areas that are restricted like behind furniture or baseboards, in the crawlspaces, attics, and etc.

Silverfish Bug Control Products

  • Liquid Concentrated Insecticides
    Liquid insecticides (such as Cyonara 9.7) can be used as a perimeter treatment for silverfish.
  • Silverfish Aerosol Sprays
    Residual sprays (such as D-Force HPX) can be used for cracks and crevices along with walls and floor areas.
  • Silverfish Poison Baits
    Poison baits such as Niban, Intice and Dekko Silverfish Paks are designed to attract and poison silverfish. These baits are great add-ons when using other liquid spray insecticides.
  • Powder & Dust Form Insecticides
    Among the many presented below, Delta Dust and Eco Exempt D Dust are recommended for silverfish control due to their residual effect. Dust and powder form insecticides can be used for cracks and crevices.
  • Insect Glue Traps
    Simple as set and forget. Leave an insect glue trap behind and trap your silverfish problems.
  • Silverfish Control Kit
    Use our professionally made control kits assembled specifically for silverfish control.

All product labels must thoroughly be reviewed before the insecticides are applied. Call a Pest Mall technician to receive a better diagnosis and treatment plan at 1-800-788-4142.

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Q. What company should I choose one power spraying Cy kick, the other power spraying a product called demand cs. Both coming on a quarterly basis
I've decided to use a pest service on my home in Austin tx, I know the heat breaks down product as well as rains that we get in the Austin area every once in a while, I've broke my decision down to two companies, one is saying the product they will power spray is Cy-kick. The other company says they will be power spraying the product Demand cs. My main bugs that we are dealing with are scorpions, spiders, Beatles, and an occasional wasp.. Both companies are around the same price both wanting to come out quarterly. What's the main differences and if you were in my shoes and with your expertise, which product would you choose to be treated on your home for those specific issues.
A.   We recommend using Demand CS because it is a micro-encapsulated product. Therefore, Demand CS has a longer residual time.
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A.   Yes, anyone can buy Boracare from our web store. We do have a broker's license that allows us to sell it to the general public AS LONG AS they are using it for personal pest control and not for commercial resale or distribution.
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Q. Can you use a garden hose end sprayer to apply Cy-Kick Cs to home and yard?
A.   As long as the garden hose sprayer can calibrate the correct dilution ratio, then yes, you can use a garden hose sprayer to apply the CY-kick insecticide.
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When is the best time of the year to apply merit?
A.   The "best time" to apply Merit would really depend on the pest that you are targeting and also the region that you live in. Consider contacting your local Cooperative Extension System Offices. They are able to give you time frame of the "best time" to apply depending on what you are targeting.
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Q. how scoops of cyber wp goes into a 32oz bottle of water
A.   Depending on the target pest, the dilution rate of Cyper WP is 1 or 2 scoops per gallon of water. Please refer to the product label for a list of the target pests and the dilution rate according to the target pest.
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Q. Live in N.Y. can I purchase Boracare Termiticide
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I had a bed couch steam cleaned and now keep getting bit by mites I covered the mattress allergy plastic cover How can I get rid of mites apparently in the rug :? What should I do Had the couch cleaned on the 9/7 applied cover 9/17
A.   There are several different products for Dust Mite control. Look into Steri-fab, which is a spray that does not have a residual but is great for an initial treatment or one time treatment. Also, Bedlam Bed Bug Spray has dust mites on the product label that is a great product as well and has a short residual of about 1 week to 2 weeks.
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