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Silverfish

Appearance
Silverfish are small, wingless insects.

Color
Shiny gray or silver in color.

Size
Ranges from 1/2 to 1-inch in length.

Habitat
Silverfish are common in human dwellings, much like its relative the firebrat.

Interesting Facts
Silverfish will feed on glue, book bindings, photos, sugar, hair, dandruff, and dirt. They can also cause damage to books, tapestries, and textiles.

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Pest Database : Occasional Invaders : Silverfish

What does a silverfish look like?

Silverfish are a wingless insect that can range in length from 1/2-inch to 1 inch when fully grown. They are
shiny silver to pearl gray with a broad at front, with long antennae, and tapertoward the rear with three long tails. They have dustlike, delicate scales. Some can also have stripes or a mottled with gray or brown coloring.

How did the silverfish invade my home/business?

Silverfish can be found in the lower levels or basement of buildings and around indoor foundation walls near water pipes. They prefer to live in warm,
moist, humid environments. Silverfish are rarely
found outdoors. It is common to find large populations of silverfish in houses with cedar shake shingles.

How can I tell if I have silverfish?

Silverfish are nocturnal and very quick. Most often, you won't see them during the day. Since they have a flattened shape, silverfish can easily take harborage in wall voids, closets, in the basement, behind baseboards, and even in the attic.

Silverfish have a tendency to travel long distances while looking for food which can make it difficult to locate the infestation source.

Can silverfish harm my family or employees?

Although the silverfish can be creepy, these insects are
mostly just a nuisance pest.

Can silverfish cause damage to my property?

Silverfish are attracted to the starches and glues used on fabrics, wallpaper, stamps, and book bindings. Silverfish can damage books and fabrics. Fortunately, for most items, damage usually is not severe. However, if the infestation is left uncontrolled, rare book collections, as well as other antiquities, can sustain irreparable damage.

How does Batzner get rid of silverfish?

Determining the best course of action can be a challenge for a silverfish infestation. Our Batzner service professional can use bait, extensively placed on top of the insulation in the attic, in any accessible wall void areas, the basement, and behind all switch and outlet plates. The service pro would also provide instructions on the proper methods of sanitation and humidity control.

Together with our professional treatments and the sanitation efforts of the home owner, we would be able to control the infestation on the property and give much needed relief to its residents.

What steps can I take to control or prevent silverfish myself?

Because silverfish can survive for up to a year
without food, sanitation alone may not get rid of
an existing infestation but is may prevent reinfestation
after a silverfish population has been eliminated. Make the environment less attractive for these pests to help reduce their populations.

  • Keep bookcases clean by vacuuming and shaking out books occasionally
  • Prevent the stockpiling of newspapers
  • Reduce the humidity in the basement and laundry room with a dehumidifier
  • Store starched linens in sealed plastic bags
  • Repair leaky pipes and patch openings around pipes and conduit
  • Periodically clean out closets, cabinets, and storage containers
  • Keep dry processed foods in containers with tight lids