Silverfish are nocturnal insects, meaning that they spend most of their time hiding. They are usually found in dark, moist areas of a house, such as a bathroom or basement. If you find silverfish in your home, you should act quickly to get rid of them before they spread to other parts of the home.
Silverfish tend to feed on plant-based substances, such as protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. Some species may undergo as many as 50 molts in their life.
The adult silverfish are about half an inch long and light gray in color. Their antennae are long and curved.
Although silverfish are primarily nocturnal, they can be seen during the day. They are often brought into homes in cardboard cartons.
While they are harmless to humans, they can damage items in the home. Some of the more common places that they damage are paper, cardboard, and old family photos. These insects can also be damaging to clothing. In some cases, they can eat fabric and cause irreparable damage.
Silverfish are very small and can be hard to spot. You may notice black flecks on the cover of books or wallpaper.
Silverfish can be very destructive, especially if they are left unattended. If you suspect that you have a silverfish infestation, contact a pest control service. A professional will be able to help you remove the bugs and stop them from returning.
Several insecticides can be used to kill these insects. Always follow product directions. Also, keep in mind that you should not use insecticides in areas where they could contaminate food or water.