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Despite the aquatic title, silverfish are not actually fish; they’re insects. They get their name because of the shiny silver scales that coat their bodies and their attraction to wet areas. They are unique as insects go, and unfortunately, they can be quite destructive.
Their separation from most other bugs comes from their diet and their life cycles. While most insects have four life stages, silverfish have just three: egg, nymph, and adult. That’s known as a “simple change,” which means the insect is born already looking like it will as an adult, but smaller. Other bugs, like caterpillars, are metamorphic, going through a cocoon phase before transforming into butterflies.
These slithery creatures don’t have a “mating season” but instead can give birth year-round. The eggs sit for about a month before hatching, and the young come out ready to wreak havoc. After three or four months, they’ve reached adulthood and have settled into their silver color. In that final stage, they reach around ¾ inch long and have two antennae along the front of their head, paired with two eyes and matched by three thin tails on their opposite end. They have a lifespan of about four years.
They feed on starchy and protein-rich materials. In the wild, that’s grains and vegetables. Once they make it into homes and businesses, they tear through paper, book bindings, flour, and pantry staples. They digest the cellulose from plant-based fabrics, including cotton and linen. That’s another trait unique to silverfish; most other bugs damage the fabric and feed on it but cannot digest the material itself and are actually after the organic matter collected on it.
In their natural habitat, silverfish live by creeks, streams, or other shallow bodies of water. They’re attracted to dark, damp spaces and require a steady stream of humidity to survive. There are plenty of areas that meet the mark in your home or office as dampness can settle into wood and furniture, even outside of the bathroom. Even seemingly cold, arid buildings like airports aren’t immune to infestations – Chicago O’Hare, for instance, has an entire Integrated Pest Control plan for its services that include addressing these pests.
Keeping them at bay without the help of a professional is no simple task. If you spot one, it suggests a much greater population already infesting your property. They hide near pipes and wires, tiny cracks and crevices, and blend easily into the carpet. They’re extremely speedy and can sprint out of view in the blink of an eye. Despite their avid appetite they don’t need to feed constantly and can survive for an entire year without feeding.
If you’re facing a pest problem, Midwest Pest Solutions has you covered. The company is owned and run by a local family that truly loves to better our community. We have immense pride in Cook County and strive to make it as best as it can be. For us, that means a thorough and relentless pursuit of pests to make sure you feel comfortable in your home and business.
We’re passionate about helping people just like you get rid of unwanted pest problems. As such, we are proud to be the only pest control company in Chicago, IL promising excellence in value, service, and trust.
Gio came out and did an excellent job in targeting the areas needed to be addressed for our ant problem. I highly recommend using Mid West Pest Solutions! He was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions.– Oscar R. in Chicago, IL We have used Midwest Pest Solutions twice. Wasps in the summer and a mouse situation recently. Both times they have been so great and easy to work with. Would continue to recommend.– Gaby V. in Chicago, IL I was very pleased with Gio’s professional expertise and his experience with Midwest Pest Solutions. They are reliant and responsible. They care about the customer and they also take pride in their work.– Cristian G. in Chicago, IL The people at Midwest Pest Solutions are so professional. They set up appointments and arrive when they are scheduled to arrive. We had a “mouse problem” as well as problems with bees, and they were able to immediately alleviate our problems. I would highly recommend this company.– Kathleen C. in Oak Lawn, IL Professional, affordable service was very much appreciated. Very polite & friendly service professional arrived promptly & clearly explained the treatment (exterior perimeter & interior application for large spiders) as well as safety precautions for my pets– Susan Q. in Oak Lawn, IL Managed to squeeze me in the last min on the same day I called, after seeing a mouse in the house, and was very thorough and informative. He came back to check traps 2 weeks later and was equally knowledgeable about how many mice might be in house and how to potentially stop our ant and spider issue. Knowledgeable about how the weather impacts each potential intruder.– Leonard B. in Oak Lawn, IL
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