Silverfish are nocturnal insects that invade homes in search of food. They are omnivores that eat a variety of materials.
Silverfish are commonly found in damp, humid areas, especially in cracks and crevices. Their wingless bodies are silvery gray and they are 0.5-1 inch long.
Silverfish are known to live for several months without eating. The body has a waxy coating that helps prevent water loss. This allows the silverfish to survive in an environment with little or no light.
Silverfish are attracted to protein-rich foods, but they also feed on carbohydrates. They may eat pet foods, dead insects, or other items that contain starch or polysaccharides.
Silverfish often chew through clothing, paper, cardboard, and other household items. They leave behind stains that can attract other pests.
Silverfish can also contaminate open food sources. To prevent this, seal all foods in tightly sealed containers. If you do not have a food storage area, try to keep any opened or spilled food in a covered container.
If you are unsure whether or not you have a silverfish infestation, call a Fantastic Services expert to help you. They have special tools to aid in the identification of this insect.
A silverfish infestation can be difficult to control. Usually, the only way to keep this pest from entering your home is to remove their source of food.
In addition to their feeding habits, silverfish also have unique sensory organs that allow them to detect movement without light. These organs are located on the rear side of the insect, and they can be used as a tool for identification.