Silverfish are small, flat creatures with a flat body and long antennas. They are about 1/8 to 1/4 inch in length and can slither through very small holes.
These insects thrive in damp, dark places with high humidity. If you live in a humid climate, you’ll likely have a silverfish infestation.
The most common places where they can be found are in bathrooms, basements, kitchens and attics. However, they are also known to infest commercial structures.
In order to get rid of silverfish, you should first address the source of the problem. Generally, the best way to do this is to have an expert do the job. You can also use storebought traps.
Storebought traps contain boric acid, which attracts the silverfish and kills them. However, there are many drawbacks to using these traps. Children and pets can get into them.
To keep the silverfish out of your home, try to keep your house well ventilated. Avoid leaking pipes and standing water. Seal any cracks in your walls and attic.
Silverfish are not known to carry diseases. But they can damage your clothes, books, papers, and even fine textiles.
A silverfish infestation is usually easy to spot. You can see irregular feeding marks and yellowing. Other signs include holes in clothes, scales on paper, and even the formation of feces.
Although silverfish aren’t toxic to humans, the byproducts they produce can cause allergic reactions. This is because the protein tropomyosin can mix with existing allergens and create a stronger reaction.