Silverfish Identification

What do silverfish look like?

Silverfish, Lepisma saccharina, are primarily nuisance insects that usually cause little damage. They lack wings and move around by propelling themselves with a peculiar wiggling motion like that of a fish, hence their name.  When fully mature, these insects reach about ¼-½ inch long. It has a carrot-shaped body, thick at the front and tapering towards the posterior. The young, while smaller, look identical to the adults. They have two long antennae on their heads and three tail-like appendages on the tips of their abdomens. The five appendages are approximately as long as the body. These insects have uniformly-colored silver bodies and can move very fast when disturbed.

a silverfish crawling on a piece of wood

How will silverfish damage my home?

Capable of living two to eight years, they enjoy damp conditions. If a large, uncontrolled infestation exists in the home, it can cause extensive damage to books, paper, wallpaper, cereal, leather, fur, silk, and rayon.  Silverfish will leave behind feces and damage fabrics with irregular feeding marks. This insect is nocturnal meaning that it is most active at night. 

What do silverfish eat? 

Silverfish enjoy dry food items that are high in protein, sugar, or starch such as flour and cereal. They will also eat almost any fabric, paper, and even paste or glue. Lastly, if threatened, silverfish will go dormant and can survive for months without feeding.

How do I eliminate silverfish? 

You can eliminate the majority of silverfish by correcting the moisture problems in your home. Use a dehumidifier or fan to remove moisture from the air. Seal concrete walls and floors. Repair any leaks in the foundation or roof of your home. Be sure to seal all cracks and crevices, including those found in cupboards, baseboards, and walls. Also, to prevent future moisture problems, ensure that all water drains properly away from the home. 

Where will I find silverfish in my home? 

Silverfish like to hide in quiet spaces with little to no human activity. When inspecting for silverfish, be sure to check in closets, basements, attics and other storage areas of your home or business.

How can Bug-N-A-Rug help solve my silverfish problem? 

Silverfish are attracted to moisture, and once they’re inside your home, they are notoriously difficult to eliminate. However, our professionals at Bug-N-A-Rug will come up with a customized solution to tackle your silverfish problem and prevent it from returning. We will locate the source of your moisture issues and work with you and your budget to find a solution that works. Then, we will help you provide adequate ventilation and remove food sources so that you will not experience any future issues with silverfish.

If you find signs of silverfish, give Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators a call at 910-254-9443, and we’ll schedule a time to inspect your home and develop a plan for extermination.

 

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