What do silverfish look like?

Silverfish are very distinctive tear-shaped insects that have 3 long bristle-like appendages coming off the back of the body and a long pair of antennae.  Silverfish are silver or brown; and, as their name suggests, they have silvery-gray scales that cover their bodies.  Adults grow to about ¾ of an inch in length and do not have wings.  Silverfish move very quickly in a fish-like manner.


silverfish in bathroom


Why do silverfish infest homes?

Silverfish infest attics, laundry rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, basements and crawl spaces as well as other spaces that are dark and humid.  They feed on items that contain starch and or polysaccharides such as photos, paper, human hair, glue, sugar, wallpaper, and book bindings.

Do silverfish bite?

No, silverfish are not known to bite people or pets; in fact, they will generally flee into dark secluded areas when they sense danger.

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish are not a danger to people or pets. As mentioned above, the don’t bite and are not known to carry or transmit any diseases. 

Damages caused by silverfish

Inside homes and other buildings silverfish are known to contaminate food sources, stain clothing and upholstery, damage wallpaper, books, pictures, and other paper goods.

How do you get rid of silverfish?

Silverfish hide and live in the hard to reach areas, making it difficult to get rid of these pests without the aid of a professional pest control expert.  At Pine State Pest Solutions, our Maine pest control company offers home pest control services that target silverfish and other nuisance pests that infest dwellings in our region.  

When you contact Pine State for help getting rid of silverfish, you can expect a thorough inspection, accurate pest identification, assessment of the conditions attracting pests, and the development of a customized treatment plan. 

If silverfish have invaded your home contact Pine State Pest Solutions today!

pine state's home protection plan iconOngoing pest control that exterminates silverfish & other pests 

Pricing starting as low as $35/month

Pine State’s Home Protection is an affordable pest control plan that is ideal for homeowners who want general pest control services that target common house-infesting insects and rodents.

When you sign up for this ongoing service, you’ll receive an initial service visit to treat the existing pest problem and then seasonal service visits spread out over the year to ensure pests stay out. That’s a total of four services annually.

Pests covered under Pine State’s Home Protection plan include carpenter ants, cornfield ants, crazy ants, field ants, little black ants, pavement ants, Asian lady beetles, carpet beetles, cigarette beetles, drugstore beetles, flour beetles, ground beetles, hide beetles, larder beetles, saw-toothed grain beetles, warehouse beetles, boxelder bugs, carpenter bees, centipedes, clover mites, American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, German cockroaches, wood cockroaches, field crickets, house crickets,  European earwigs, cat fleas, dog fleas, firebrats, cluster flies, fruit flies, bald-faced hornets, European hornets,  deer mice, house mice, millipedes, Angoumois grain moths, drain moths, Indian meal moths, Mediterranean flour moths, mud daubers, Norway rats, paper wasps, pill bugs, rice weevils, silverfish, sow bugs, springtails, cellar spiders, daddy longlegs spiders, house spiders, jumping spiders, sac spiders, wolf spiders, Western conifer seed bugs, and yellow jackets.


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Silverfish prevention tips

Stop these nuisance pests from entering your home with the following prevention tips: 

  • Clear gutters of leaves, twigs and other debris that is stopping gutters from working properly.
  • Make sure that water is being directing away from the house and not pooling near your foundation.
  • Seal foundation cracks and caulk gaps around exterior windows and doors.
  • Fix leaky pipes and make sure all appliances are working properly.
  • Install door sweeps underneath all exterior doors.
  • Inspect newspapers and boxes for signs of silverfish before bringing those items into your home.
  • Use de-humidifiers to reduce humidity levels in your home.

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