Silverfish Identification

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.

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.

Silverfish control

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!

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.