Have you ever seen the silverfish?
Often, at night, when we turn on the light in the bathroom or in the kitchen, we see insects that, with light, run very fast to escape. They are of elongated form, of gray color and they move very quickly.
But what type is this insect? “, Is the silverfish Lepisma saccharina, from the family Lepismatidae. This insect is prehistoric and very primitive, it has appeared on this planet before the cockroaches. It is one of the few insects that have no wings since the first day on Earth (other insects have lost them as a result of the evolutionary process).
Its development depends on the temperature of the environment. For their reproduction the conditions of the environment have to be wet and temperate. Sometimes your development cycle ends in four months, but under unfavorable conditions it may take more than three years. The lepism can not be reproduced in a cold and dry environment.
This insect does not undergo metamorphosis: eggs come from larvae (nymphs), very small, identical to adults. The nymphs of the first stages are whitish. They grow and change the color through the seedlings. After the third molt, you will see a metallic glow. This shine gives them the silver scales.
The adult insect reaches one centimeter in length, but some individuals can be up to a centimeter and a half, it is very fragile and delicate. The body consists of segments up to 10 and has two long antennae on the head and three appendages on the back.
This insect lives in humid and dark places. Most often, it lives in old buildings, between saved newspapers, paper or books. They can also be seen in the door frames, baseboards, floors.
The silverfish is harmless and harmless to human health. It does not itch, it does not transmit diseases, it does not contaminate the food, etc. The only problem it can bring is to cause damage to stored books and textile products. They like the paint they use for the drawings and the material they use in book binding.
Lepisma saccharina is considered one of the most important pests in archives and libraries. It is one of the very few animals that can feed on paper and this allows a special enzyme, cellulose, able to digest the cellulose.
Also in your diet may include cotton, organic remains, sugar, cereals, natural and artificial silk, flax, hair, dandruff, human skin remains, dead insects and changed skin itself or other insects.
The lepisma eats silicone, so if you have the silverfish in your house, it is recommended to seal the cracks in the houses with cement instead of silicone.
Finishing the silverfish is difficult. These insects look for highly protected sites for their survival. This can be any cleft: a hole in the wall, the empty space that has been left after the fall of a small piece of a tile or simply a jar or glass open and forgotten inside a closet, which is in a place Dark.
As a company that uses all the tools of Pest Control, we can say that for your control, before the application of insecticides, we recommend to our clients to use a series of guidelines that can reduce the number of pest control. Among them: remove moisture at home, clean the floor well, seal existing screams with cement.