Silverfish are small, silver colored, wingless arthropods. They eat paper-based products, decomposing items, and protein rich gums.
The female silverfish lays between 60 and 100 eggs at a time. These are laid in dark, moist areas. In a dark, damp room, the silverfish eggs look like tiny white and yellow bulbs.
Silverfish are not dangerous to humans, but they can become a nuisance. During an infestation, they can damage leather, paper-based products, and fine textiles.
When silverfish are hit, they hiss. They are also known to call for reinforcements from surrounding rocks or blocks.
Silverfish are not poisonous, but they can cause players to cough, sneeze, and suffer from a rashes if they ingest them. Moreover, their enchantments can deal additional damage to them.
Luckily, silverfish can be easily killed. To do so, you can use a Silk Touch pickaxe. Unlike other types of pickaxes, a Silk Touch does not destroy the blocks in its path.
Alternatively, you can place TNT to block silverfish. However, this will only work if the Silverfish is already in the block. If the block is not broken, the silverfish will still die.
One way to prevent silverfish from hiding in your home is to store everything in airtight containers. It is especially important to store papers and old documents in an airtight bin.
Another method of preventing a silverfish infestation is to deny the silverfish food. You can do this by denying them any food sources that are unusual to you. Such foods include dried or fermented foods, old books, cloths, and paper.