Pest Library Silverfish


Protect Your Home and Business From Silverfish.

Silverfish Found In Washington State

What Do Silverfish Look Like?

The silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) is a small wingless insect that gets its name from the “silvery” light gray and blue color of its body, as well as the fish-like appearance of its movement. Silverfish have long antennae, tapered abdomens, and two small compound eyes. They are typically between half an inch to 1 inch long and seem to wiggle as they scurry around. A newly hatched silverfish appears white but develops its trademark gray hue and metallic shine as it ages.

Where Can I Find Silverfish?

Silverfish are found in Africa, Australia, the Americas, Eurasia, and parts of the Pacific. They thrive in moist areas and require a relative humidity between 75 and 95 percent. In many urban and suburban areas, they may be found in attics, basements, bathtubs, books, sinks, showers, and kitchens.

How Do Silverfish Behave?

The silverfish consumes matter that contains polysaccharides, including starches and adhesives. Book bindings, paper, paint, glue, carpets, clothing, coffee, dandruff, hair, and sugar are all foods that are up for grabs. While silverfish are not dangerous to humans, they can cause property damage if an infestation is allowed to spread.

Silverfish are known for being agile runners and can outrun most of their predators, which include wandering spiders and centipedes. They might only run on horizontal surfaces or in a horizontal direction because they cannot climb quickly due to missing additional appendages.

Choose Mathis Exterminating to Help You Deal with Silverfish

If you’re dealing with a silverfish infestation, call the professionals at Mathis Exterminating. We can help identify what species has invaded your home or yard and give you a free pest removal estimate.

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