How Big Are Silverfish Bugs?

Silverfish are small insects that live in damp, warm areas. They are usually nocturnal, but can be active during the day.

The female silverfish lays eggs in cracks and crevices. The eggs hatch in about three weeks. These eggs are oval and one millimeter long.

The young silverfish are white. As they grow older, they become gray. Adult silverfish are about half an inch long.

Adult silverfish are wingless and have three pairs of legs. Their bodies are flattened from top to bottom. Their antennae are long and slender.

They are nocturnal and can live for several months without food. During their life, they feed on starch, dandruff, and protein-rich foods. They are attracted to glazed paper, books, and damp clothing.

If you see a silverfish infestation, try eliminating the food sources and other areas where they can hide. You can also use traps.

It is advisable to hire a professional pest control service if you have an extensive infestation. Your pest control specialist will develop a personalized extermination plan to eliminate the problem.

If you have a small or moderate infestation, you can eliminate it by removing the food and other food sources. This may require the use of chemical baits. Alternatively, you can clean the house thoroughly to eliminate the infestation completely.

Another way to get rid of the silverfish is to dehumidify the area. In addition to a humid environment, the female silverfish needs high humidity.

Besides consuming foods, silverfish also like to feed on the body coverings of insects that have molted. They can infest cotton, blankets, and even human hair.