Pest Guide : What Is a Silverfish?

What You Need to Know About Silverfish

Silverfish are not particularly dangerous to people, but they are quite frightening and can be a nuisance in large numbers. They can also do damage to your home or indicate moisture problems. If you have a Silverfish problem, contact our professionals right away to address the situation and create a customized plan based on your needs.


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How to Identify an Silverfish Infestation

Silverfish on a wall

Silverfish go by many names. Some of the most popular include House Centipede, Fish Moth, Carpet Shark, and Urban Silverfish. All of these names usually refer to the same species of insect, which is long, slender, and flat. Silverfish are normally 1/2 to 1 inch long.

The Silverfish is named because of its distinctive coloring. It is light gray or blue with a metallic shimmer that almost makes them look silver or fish-like

Even those Silverfish are named after their distinctive metallic appearance, only adult have this coloration. Silverfish have three life stages. Whenever they are young, they are white and do not have silver scales. It normally takes three to four months for a single Silverfish to complete all its life cycles. Female Silverfish lay eggs all throughout the year.


Common Questions About Silverfish

Silverfish are drawn to humid environments with a consistent temperature. As such, Silverfish are frequently found around sinks, toilets, and bathrooms. They are frequently found in basements, in laundry rooms, and on upper levels of homes close to the attic. Certain homes, such as those with cedar shake roofs, or townhomes can be more prone to silverfish problems. They are active all year round and do not hibernate.

Although Silverfish look a little intimidating, they are not dangerous. They are not associated with diseases, though they can contaminate some food. Silverfish do not bite. Silverfish cause damage because they eat paper, glue, photos, and dandruff. Often, Silverfish hide out in bathrooms where they eat through personal products, like shaving foam and shampoo.

Silverfish are difficult to get rid of since they are nocturnal, slender, and shy. If you notice a lot of Silverfish in your home, contact professionals to get rid of the problem once and for all.

DIY methods for Silverfish extermination are almost usually unsuccessful. Because the species can hide out in so many areas, it requires a trained professional to identify what is attracting them, locate all of their hiding spots and exterminate them with the appropriate products.

Tips for Preventing Silverfish

  • Seal cracks and crevices around baseboards, outlets and other gaps inside your home
  • Eliminate leaks
  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Eliminate paper and other clutter

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Silverfish

Our expert team is skilled in locating and eradicating Silverfish. We use EPA-registered products for pest control use that are effective and safe to use around the home. Our technicians are specifically licensed and trained in applying these products so your children and pets remain safe while getting rid of the Silverfish.

Whenever you trust our team to handle your Silverfish problems, you can trust that you will receive quick and efficient care. It’s our goal to arrive at the property as soon as the same day or the next to handle the Silverfish population as soon as possible.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your silverfish problem, today and tomorrow.

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