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Silverfish

More About Silverfish

Classified as Lipisma saccharina, silverfish range in size between 1/4 inch to 1 inch in length and derive their name from both the grey sheen of their scales and the wiggling motion with which they move. Capable of living up to 8 years, silverfish use their speed to avoid being preyed on by spiders and centipedes. Following a lengthy mating ritual, female silverfish lay nearly 50 eggs at a time, usually in small cracks and crevices.

The diet of a silverfish consists of any matter containing starch or polysaccharides, and it includes glue, books, photos, sugar, hair, dandruff, and paper. As many of these items are often stored in boxes in garages, laundry rooms, and sheds, those are the places silverfish are most likely to be found. If no food sources are available, silverfish have been known to survive up to a year as long as they have access to water.

Nocturnal and fond of moisture, silverfish prefer dark, damp environments, and are difficult to detect for homeowners who are unaware of their presence. Their elusiveness and skill at hiding often results in substantial silverfish populations infesting a home before the owner even takes notice. To prevent this, it is critical that homeowners remove potential food and moisture sources and consult a professional exterminator to perform an inspection if any signs of silverfish are identified. Silverfish infestations grow quickly, and preventing them from starting in the first place is the most effective way to control this troublesome pest.