How to Identify and Control Silverfish Infestations

Silverfish received their common name because of their scale like exterior, and their swimming like movement. These pests are surprisingly quick using this back and forth swim movement on hard ground. The scientific name of this common insect is Lespisma sacchrina, and this particular species has been around for millions of years. Silverfish are typically between 10-20 mm, light silver or white, have no wings, and 6 legs. These creatures can live almost ten years, and are commonly found inside homes. Silverfish are not venomous or dangerous to humans, and they are not known to carry many diseases. However, these pests can still be an extreme nuisance in your home.


The fact that Silverfish and their ancestors have survived millions of years is proof of their resilience, and these survival traits make them a real problem when they infest your home or business. These insects reproduce extremely rapidly, so it is important to try to catch them early. However, finding these infestations can be difficult because of their nocturnal habits. Silverfish are excellent at avoiding contact with predators, and their impressive quickness helps them escape dangerous situations. They like to forage for food, and they mostly eat sugary, starchy foods. Silverfish can become very destructive and commonly eat clothing, paper, and many other possible important items in the home. Silverfish can survive in most environments, but they prefer damp, dark, and humid ones for optimal reproduction. Look for signs of them in closets, bathtubs, under pipes, sinks, drawers or any other damp areas or food sources.

SIlverfish are amazingly adaptable creatures, and this trait makes them very difficult to get rid of. If you suspect an infestation, it is vital that you seek help before the problem becomes severe. For tips and help for dealing with these, or any other pests, give us a call today!


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