What are silverfish?

What are silverfish? Silverfish are small, nocturnal insect invaders that occasionally find their way into homes and other buildings. They are capable of thriving in most climates but they prefer dark, damp areas like attics, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. They are especially attracted to damp clothing and paper. They are commonly found in storage boxes in sheds and garages. Silverfish measure around ½ to 1 inch in length and have teardrop-shaped bodies and three bristle-like appendages that reach out from their hind ends. They also have two antennae which are just as long as their bodies are. Silverfish are wingless and can move very quickly from place to place using a wriggling, fish-like motion. They have brown bodies that are covered in silver-metallic scales which give them their unique shimmery, shiny appearance. The way they move like a fish and how they are silver gave them their name.


Silverfish are not considered threats as they don’t pose any significant health threats to people or pets as they are not known to bite. They are not dangerous since they are also not known to carry any diseases. That being said, since they shed their skins throughout adulthood, they can be a dust allergen. While they are not necessarily dangerous, they are considered destructive because of the things they eat. Silverfish can cause significant harm to personal belongings especially belongings made of paper. They will readily chew through and damage books, photos, paper, boxes, carpet, upholstered furniture, insulation, clothing, and wallpaper. They also feed on various materials made out of carbohydrates preferring starches and sugars such as pantry items like: dry pasta, flour, cereal, and dry pet food.


Silver fish are one of the bugs that are picky when it comes to the temperature they live in. A huge portion of the year is spent living in cool, damp areas and will move inside as soon as it becomes too hot outside for them. A common way to get them into your home other than from your yard is by hitchhiking onto cardboard or potted plants. Common areas that they are found indoors would be bathrooms, underneath sinks, kitchens, laundry rooms, and attics and crawl spaces.


Reducing the amount of moisture in areas like bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements, crawl spaces and attics would be the best step in the right direction. Reducing cardboard boxes and other clutter can also help. Ultimately to successfully get rid of silverfish from your property, have a professional service treat your home properly. Call Recon Pest Services to help eliminate silverfish from your home today.


Q: How are silverfish getting in my home?

A: A common reason you will see these bugs is due to migrations of large populations. It is also common to see them in areas where moisture could be prominent.

Q: How can I find silverfish inside if I have them?

A: Areas that have moisture content frequently are high areas of activity for silverfish. Check under sinks,in bathrooms, or anywhere that has tile.

Q: Will Silverfish ruin things inside my house?

A: Yes, they have been known to eat and feed on things inside your home. This could be cardboard materials, books, and various items underneath your sink in the bathroom.

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