SILVERFISH SPECIES

How To Identify Silverfish

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(Ctenolepisma Thysanura)

silverfish

Appearance

  • Silvery or grey.
  • Tapered abdomen with three long, bristle-like appendages.
  • Wingless, with two slender antennae.
  • Teardrop-shaped and measured up to 10 – 12 mm in length.

Lifecycle

  • Silverfish reproduction habits vary by species – some species lie a few eggs a day, and others lie clusters of 2 – 20 eggs daily.

Habits

  • Silverfish eggs are commonly hidden in tiny cracks or crevices, making them extremely difficult to locate.
  • Silverfish prefer warm, humid places such as bathrooms and kitchens and are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing.
  • Feed on carbohydrates, especially sugars and starches.