Silverfish are a common household pest. They live under rocks and in damp places. However, they are not dangerous to humans or pets. Unlike other species of house pests, silverfish do not carry diseases.
Silverfish are scaly and tear-shaped insects that have long antennae. They move in a jingling motion, like fish swimming. Their stubby legs are used for climbing and they have chewing mouthparts.
Silverfish are attracted to foods that are rich in starch. They are attracted to sweet or sugary liquids. They can eat various foods, including cereals, stale bread, flour, pet food, crumbs, dried leaves, and even paper.
Aside from eating foods, silverfish can also damage clothing and other items. They can destroy wallpaper and bookbinding glue, but they can also chew through carpets, tapestries, and furniture.
In order to avoid silverfish infestation, be sure to clean your home regularly. Spraying your home with lavender oil or mothballs can help repel them. Also, be sure to store your books in airtight containers.
Silverfish prefer dark, damp, and moist places. They like to live in basements, bathrooms, and closets. These areas are humid, so they are ideal for their survival.
One way to get rid of silverfish is by using Diatomaceous Earth, a substance that absorbs fats from an insect’s exoskeleton cuticle. You can also sprinkle it around areas where you notice silverfish.
Another method of preventing silverfish infestation is by removing the most attractive foods in your kitchen. Silverfish are attracted to foods with starch or sugar.