Silverfish are a tiny wingless insect that is a sub species of Zygmentoma. Their name comes from the fact that their movement is fish like and their colouring. These species are scientifically called Lepisma Saccharinum, this species diet consists of carbohydrates, sugar, and starch.
Are Silverfish Dangerous?
Many people think that silverfish are harmful to human health because of their appearance. It is proven that silverfish do not bite humans and they do not carry pathogens. They are not harmful to humans, but their droppings can cause allergies with people who have allergy issues.
Though they are not harmful to humans, they can cause damage around the home. Though this species has a good diet, it needs carbohydrate and sugar, so they will eat sugar products and products like cereals, rice that they may find in your kitchen.
They can even eat newspaper, carboards and on occasion you may find holes in your clothes. They can leave stains in your carpets, mattresses, and other fabrics if they are crushed.
It is important to look for the three main factors attracting silverfish in your home and they are,
These silverfish prefer more humidity than the dry atmosphere. They love to live in wet and moist conditions, and they can be often found in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, garages, and cabinets.
DARK & WARM PLACES
Silverfish will roam around your house to search for food during the night. They prefer darkness more than light; they love to hide in darks, congested areas away from people. They can be found most commonly in basements, bathrooms and kitchens with a temperature of 21 -30 degrees in darkness during summer.
CARBOHYDRATES & PROTEINS
As mentioned above they love to eat carbohydrates like flour, cereals, and oats, and starch content in papers, book bindings, insulation, carboards and glue. They even love to eat proteins like dead bugs and dry beef.
How to get rid of Silverfish
Though they are not harmful to humans, it is important to avoid their presence to have a healthy living environment. Here are some of the DIY methods to get rid of silverfish.
- Store all food products in closed containers
- Inspect all gaps and cracks in your home, as this is where they will hide and lay eggs
- Deep clean your house to eliminate all the pests in your place
- They are commonly found in the photo frames and books; it is important to clean thoroughly and regularly to eliminate their presence.