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All About Silverfish

Silverfish generally are found in dark and damp areas such us kitchens, bathrooms and basements.

They are well known for their feeding habits and in large numbers can be very distrucive causing damage to wall paper, photographs and books.

Axholme Pest Control have successfully treated hundreds of infestations over 15 years. 

If you have a Silverfish infestation and require a no obligation quote, give Axholme Pest Control a call. One of our pest control technicians will give you professional advice on treatments to rectify your problem. 

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A silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) is a small, wingless insect in the order Zygentoma (formerly Thysanura). Its common name derives from the animal's silvery light grey color, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements, while the scientific name (L. saccharina) indicates the silverfish's diet consists of carbohydrates such as sugar or starches. 

Silverfish are nocturnal insects typically 13–25 mm (0.5–1.0 in) long. Their abdomens taper at the end, giving them a fish-like appearance. The newly hatched are whitish, but develop a greyish hue and metallic shine as they get older.

Silverfish have two long cerci and one terminal filament at the tips of their abdomens; the filament projects directly off of the end of their body, between the left and right cerci. They also have two small compound eyes, despite other members of Zygentoma being completely eyeless, such as the family Nicoletiidae.

Like other species in Apterygota, silverfish are completely wingless. They have long antennae, and move in a wiggling motion that resembles the movement of a fish. This, coupled with their appearance and silvery scales, inspires their common name.  

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