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Silverfish

One of the creepiest and ugliest bugs you could find in your home would be the Silverfish.  These small, teardrop shaped insects are flat bodied, bluish-silver and have long antennae. They move in a wiggling motion that resembles the movement of a fish. They come out mostly at night and move extremely fast.  So basically everything you want in an scary insect.

While Silverfish don’t bite or tend to spread disease, they do reproduce quickly and can be unnerving when you cross paths with them in the middle of the night.  Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits, oftentimes ruining papers, clothing and wallpaper. Silverfish are a nuisance insect that can cause some damage.  Here are some quick facts about Silverfish for identification and deciding if you have an infestation.

  • Silverfish prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Silverfish eat anything that contains starch or polysaccharides. This can include paper, photos, wallpaper glue and book bindings. Since they are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing you may find them among unopened food boxes or stored boxes in linen closets.
  • Silverfish require high levels of humidity. They most likely found their way into your home in search of moisture and food.  They commonly infest basements, bathrooms, kitchens and other areas of high moisture.
  • Silverfish infestations require professional treatment. Homemade solutions and hardware store chemicals can take care of individual insects but do not completely address the infestation.  Contact Pest-End if you suspect that your may have these creepy insects lurking in your humid rooms feasting on your high carb paper and linen items.