Silverfish are nocturnal insects that live in moist, dark areas. They are also attracted to sugary foods and carbohydrates.
Silverfish are commonly found in homes, but are not dangerous. However, they can be a nuisance. The female will lay her eggs in hidden places, and it can take weeks or months before they hatch.
To keep silverfish out of your home, seal all food and dry goods in airtight containers. Also, reduce humidity in your house by using dehumidifiers and fans. Boric acid is an effective way to eliminate silverfish. Apply it to baseboards or under your bathtub. But do not apply it to areas where your children or pets may be exposed.
Silverfish usually prefer moist, dark areas, and they are more likely to be in bathrooms and sinks. You can check for signs of a silverfish infestation by looking for holes in old paper and small pieces of chewed paper. A yellow stain on clothing or carpeting is another sign of a silverfish infestation.
Silverfish eat various kinds of materials, including glue, grains, and starch. Their feeding marks may be notches along the edge or surface etchings. If you think you have a silverfish infestation, remove any belongings you can find, and wash all bedding in hot water.
Silverfish can survive a month without food or drink. However, if the infestation is extensive, they may eat your valuable belongings. Besides, their bites can be irritating and disruptive.
Silverfish are also known to contaminate your food. They can be attracted to items with adhesive, and they will chew through your clothes, books, and other belongings.