SILVERFISH PROBLEM AND MANAGEMENT
Silverfish is about 1/2 inch long, with a uniform silvery colour over the upper surface. Their bodies are long ,flattened and slender,. The bodies are broad at the front, and gradually tapering toward the rear.
its a small, silver or pearl grey wingless insect .You’ll find them in your bathroom, kitchen and outdoor areas. Silverfish do not bite humans, but they do eat materials and food high in starch, protein and sugar.
Following are the factors leading to problem
One reason silverfish invade your home is that you provide an ideal environment. Silverfish need food and water to survive. Any environment where water and food particles are left to stand is ideal for silverfish.The common silverfish requires high humidity and warm temperatures to develop. It prefers a relative humidity of 75% to 95% and a temperature between 70°F and 80°F.
A silverfish infestation is often an indicator of excessive humidity and moisture problems somewhere in the building. Typical causes of moisture problems include the following
- Roof leaks into the loft or ceiling voids, particularly in the case of flat roofs;
- Moisture trapped in sub flooring under sheet vinyl floors and similar non permeable floor covering;
- Moisture trapped in exterior walls because of moisture infiltration;
- Condensation on water lines, air conditioning lines and vents, and on improperly installed (reversed) insulation;
- Plumbing leaks.
Along with a source of food and water, silverfish need an environment that is not too hot nor too light. The insects prefer temperatures between 21.1 and 26.6 degrees C and areas that are dark, like under a bathtub or sink. Silverfish like to mate and eat in the dark. A light and hot environment forces the insects to take shelter somewhere else.
Failure to recognise
Another cause of silverfish in your home is failure to recognise a silverfish infestation and take steps to remove the insects. By dehumidifying wet areas in your home, removing food sources and eliminating standing water, you take away elements silverfish need for survival. You also can apply an insecticide to kill them.
Books, papers, cartons and cardboard boxes
Silverfish can also enter your home through books, papers, cartons and cardboard boxes. The small insects hide within the pages of books both new and old as well as within the folds of a cardboard box or carton. Silverfish also hide within stacks of paper and within other items you bring into the house.