1/2-1 inch in length. Slender, shiny, silver or gray with long antennae and three tail-like appendages in back.Silverfish prefer warm, damp, undisturbed areas and may go undetected for years. They live in cracks & voids and are commonly found in attics, basements and crawl spaces. Because they feed on fungal molds and organic matter, they are also seen regularly in kitchens and bathrooms. Silverfish are one of the hardest insects to control, especially in homes with wood shake
(shingle) roofs since they hold moisture and allow for mold to grow, which serves as food for Silverfish. Treatment consists of reparing cracks & voids to minimize Silverfish and regular chemical treating in those hard-to-reach areas by a professional Pest Control technician.
Commented on Nov 30, 2012
@Peggy B, a story on the news today... A lady used too many bombs in her house without turning
off the gas pilot lights and blew her house up. They must be used with caution, following the directions and recommendations carefully.
The Opossum is the only marsupial (pouched animal) native to the United States. It has a white face with 50 pointy teeth, grayish-white loose fur and a scaly long tail (used as a fifth
limb). Adults measure about 2.5 feet in length and 1 foot in height. They look like big Rats, but are not related to them in any way, but are closely related to the Kangaroo & Koala. Females can give birth up to twice a year (typically 5-8 in a litter). These babies are very tiny, about the size of honeybees. They will immediately crawl into the mother's pouch after birth, where they continue to develop (usually about 4 months of age when they are ready to leave the pouch). Opossums are scavengers and eat almost anything, including fruits & vegetables, snails/slugs, snakes, a wide variety of insects, garbage and dead animals of all types. They also catch and eat rats & mice, in some way they help maintain a clean & healthy environment and have a naturally high level of immunity to most diseases, including rabies, but can carry fleas ,as do most domestic animals. Opossums are nocturnal and typically go about their quiet task late at night. They are also excellent tree climbers but cannot jump and sometimes get trapped in trash cans and other containers. Opossums do not dig holes/destroy properties and are non-territorial. They are always on the move and adapt to any environment where food, water & shelter exist. They live in hollow logs, attics, crawl spaces, pipes and ready made burrows. Opossums may drool, growl and show their 50 teeth when frightened, but in reality are non-aggressive and prefer to avoid confrontation, however, never try to grab one, they can bite. During cases of extreme fear of being harmed or attacked (unable to flee), the Opossum will collapse and "play dead", they become stiff, eys closed or half closed, their mouths will gape open (teeth bared), tongue extended and foul-smelling fluid is secreted from the anal glands; mimicking the appearance and smell of a sick or dead animal. This physiological response is involuntary (like fainting), rather than a conscious act. This condition will last 40 minutes to 4 hours and most preadtors will abandon their attack, once the Opossum is thought to be dead. In the case of baby Opossums, however, their brain does not always react this way at the appropriate moment, and therfore they often fail to "play dead" when threatened. If you do see an Opossum, just leave it alone, it will go away or you can always call your local rescue group or a professional Pest Control Company for help if you don't want them around or if they are trapped (they will catch & release them) ;Trying to scare it will just make it "play dead". Some other tips to avoid having Opossums around your house include: Keeping lids on garbage cans, picking up fallen fruit, putting away pet food at night and close potential entrance points into your home.
Commented on Nov 30, 2012
Possums are like bats on the ground. They eat lots of bugs we don't like..... Possums and
raccoons are the best grub control there is! During the June bug season, leave your back porch light on all night to attract the beatles... the possums and coons eat them as fast as they can scoop them up! Also, a possum kept digging at the base of a shrub in the garden. When it finally died we found out it had termites and that's what he was after!
The bathroom was totally 1980's done in mauve and taupe. I wish I had taken BEFORE pictures before I started to tear down the wallpaper but these are the best I've got. I removed the
wallpaper and gutted the room to the studs. Most of the items were collected over a two year period and I was able to do this bathroom under budget. The faucets were my best find - Groehe Kensington with Swarovski handles - found sitting on a clearance table at a plumbing supply house - YAY ME! :-) I also found the PERFECT mirror at a re-sale shop and could not believe how well it worked out. Found the vanity at HomeGoods of all places and got it for under $300 with the undermount sink and granite top. I love the way it turned out and love it even more since I was able to do it with a little bit of money left in the bank. Always a good thing!
I am currently painting the walls. The window nook is Bher premium plus ultra in oolong tea and the walls is the same brand in garden wall. I am having a hard time capturing the colors in
a picture though. I plan to do a paint treatment to mimic subway tiles on the back splash. The grout color will be the garden wall color and the tiles will be glossy white. I can't decide what color I should paint my kitchen door an island. I am going to include a picture of my dining room because I am using the same colors there and I am able to capture the true color better in that room. Don't mind the mess. I am in the midst of painting!
Commented on Nov 27, 2012
here's the photo from decorating with black. I love the black on the lowers, wouldn't do it on
uppers but I'm not sure of the silver either (yet).