Silverfish

Actual Size: 13 – 30mm

Characteristics: Silver, blue, or light gray. They do not have wings, and have distinct antennae.

Habits:

  • Silverfish are nocturnal, and will avoid light.
  • They are known for their wiggling movement, resembling the way a fish moves.
  • Silverfish prefer sugary substances and carbohydrates. They will also eat drywall.
  • They prefer damp, dark areas with high humidity.
  • Silverfish can be found in basements, bathrooms, and attics.
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Description

Silverfish Habits

Silverfish are extremely fast runners, moving in a fish-like wiggling movement over horizontal surfaces. They eat carbohydrate-based food sources. They will also consume cellulose, photos, plaster, glue, dandruff, hair, clothing, coffee, fabrics, and dead insects. Silverfish can live a year or more without eating. Silverfish reproduce very quickly, producing 30 – 60 eggs at a time.

Problems With Silverfish

Silverfish can become a serious pest problem because they can consume a wide variety of food, materials, household items, and clothing. If one silverfish is discovered, there are most likely many more in hiding. Once an infestation exists, all potential hiding places must be eliminated and destroyed to prevent any even bigger infestation. Silverfish are hardy scavengers, and have the ability to survive and hide in seemingly impenetrable spaces.

Prevention of Silverfish

Proper sanitation of the building environment can reduce the chance of a silverfish infestation. Reducing clutter, sweeping or vacuuming regularly, and storing food appropriately are all part of basic pest prevention. Silverfish will infest any indoor or outdoor area that has been abandoned or remains neglected, particularly in locations where food is available.

Eliminating Silverfish

Silverfish eat a wide variety of food, and they can cause serious damage to human environments and belongings. Professional pest control is the best approach to eliminating and preventing future problems with silverfish. An organized, expert approach is the most appropriate means of stopping a silverfish infestation.