Silverfish are nocturnal insects that resemble small fish. They typically live under leaf litter and in caves. Although they are not harmful to humans, they can cause damage to your home and materials.
Unlike roaches and ants, silverfish don’t bite. However, they are known to contaminate food. Some people are allergic to their scale dust.
They feed on protein, carbohydrates, and sugars. This means that you should store your dry goods in airtight containers.
If you’ve noticed holes or yellow stains in your clothes, walls, wallpaper, or other materials, you may have a silverfish infestation. You might also see feeding marks. The droppings of these insects are shaped like whole peppercorns.
They are nocturnal, which means they come out at night. They have weak jaws that cannot penetrate human skin. When they molt, they shed their skin and leave behind tiny scales.
They are attracted to damp areas. You can discourage silverfish by using dehumidifiers or improving ventilation. It’s also a good idea to avoid areas where chemicals might contaminate water.
Silverfish are hardy and can survive long periods without food. To get rid of them, you can try using insecticides. But remember to check the product’s approval and to avoid areas where chemical residues could be present.
You might also see signs of an infestation if you see a dead or alive specimen of these insects. They are also known to eat paper, fabric, and books.
Getting rid of them can be difficult. You can use chemical bait traps, but they won’t always work.