Silverfish in Kansas

Silverfish - Betts Pest Control - Silverfish Pest Control


White to brown-grey or bluish-silver in color, silverfish are teardrop-shaped insects that measure up to12-19 mm in length. Three long bristles on rear. Grow from egg to adult without visible change in appearance.

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Behavior, Diet & Habits
Capable of thriving in most climates, silverfish prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms. They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing. Commonly found in stored boxes in garages and sheds.

Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. Cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk and dead insects may be food sources. Have been found in unopened food packages.

Signs of Infestation
Most often, homeowners detect silverfish when they find one on the floor or in a sink or bathtub. Their feeding damage also can indicate their presence, along with their tiny pepperlike feces.

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Firebrats are grayish-brown and speckled with darker spots on their back and are approximately 1/2 an inch long. Their body is tapered from front to back and is somewhat carrot-shaped. Two of their most distinguishing characteristics are the presence of a long pair of antennae and 3 long, slender, hair-like structures that extend from the last segment of their body –giving them the common name, bristletails. Firebrats do not have wings, but move around by running rapidly.

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Behavior, Diet & Habits
Both young and adult firebrats share the same or very similar environments, so all ages of the insect will be located together in a suitable habitat. Firebrat eggs are laid in batches of about 50 and hatch in a little less than two weeks, which explains why a homeowner may suddenly see a large number of small firebrats in places they’ve never been seen before. Firebrats will live for about three to four years and molt throughout their lives. They feed on materials that are high in carbohydrates and protein. Examples of good sources of food for firebrats are glue in books and behind wallpaper. Infestations in a home or business can begin when infested books, papers, cardboard boxes, shipping cartons or furniture are brought into the home.

Signs of Infestation
Firebrats are primarily seen in environments that are generally dark and warmer than 90 degrees F, including near dryers, hot water heaters, steam pipes, ovens and attics. Firebrats may be found in bathtubs since they often are trapped in the tub as they seek moisture.