Lifecycle of a Silverfish

As the name suggests, silverfish have a grey and shiny color. They have a flattened body with three appendages sticking out of the backend of their abdomen.

They are said to be the surviving creatures from the dinosaurs period. However, they have crept the entire globe crawling each corner without having any wings to fly.

These bugs generally don’t harm humans, but they are well known to chew out the old books or newspapers, wallpapers, and insulation of your home. They won’t bother to get into the kitchen pantry to get some cereals packed with carbohydrates and starch.

But have you ever imagined what would be the lifecycle process of these alien-like creepy crawling bugs?

Isn’t it interesting to know more about the silverfish lifecycle? Keep reading till the end.

Silverfish lifecycle:

If we talk about other insects, they undergo four stages of metamorphosis. It starts from egg, larva, pupa and ends on the adult stage.

However, the lifecycle of the silverfish has gradual metamorphosis. It starts from egg, nymph and ends on the adult stage.

Let’s learn more about each stage of the silverfish lifecycle in detail:

Silverfish eggs:

Female silverfish can lay eggs at any time throughout the year. Female silverfish can lay clusters of two to twenty eggs at a time, or it can lay around one to two eggs per day. The eggs are elliptical. The eggs will become harder and yellowish after few hours from soft and white. It depends upon the climatic conditions for the eggs to develop.

Generally, the silverfish eggs take about nineteen to sixty days to develop after they get hatched. The eggs get deposited in the cracks and crevices of the foundation, attics, and basements.

However, these eggs are rarely visible to the human eyes. If you conduct a regular pest control inspection, get it treated before the infestation gets too worse.

Silverfish Nymphs:

When the eggs get hatched, the nymph looks like a miniature version of adult silverfish. However, the silverfish nymphs do not get sexually matured until they enter their adulthood stage.

Before growing long, the silverfish nymphs will begin to molt. These bugs will continue to develop throughout their life.

Silverfish adults:

The development process from a nymph to an adult silverfish usually takes three to four months.

The development takes place quickly with warmer and moist climatic conditions. It can take up to years for a nymph to develop into an adult silverfish in cold climatic conditions.

The optimal lifespan of a silverfish is approximately three years.

Silverfish control:

You can spot them inside your house that is warm, dark, and humid.

You may found them in the basements, bathroom, kitchen sinks, and drainage areas inside your house where the humidity level is high. Make sure to keep your home clean and dry to avoid these creepy bugs getting inside your property.

If you have increased silverfish infestation, you may call pest control experts. They are trained professionals and know the treatment for common harborages. They will recommend the best treatments for silverfish infestation removal.

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