Silverfish are small, wingless insects whose name derives from their silvery, grey color. Fond of dark, damp environments, silverfish typically make their homes in garages, laundry rooms, basements, and bathrooms. Physically harmless to humans, silverfish are distressing nonetheless, as they can live up to eight years and can be difficult to eradicate due to their nocturnal nature.
Recognizing the Signs
Thanks to their tendency to live in hard-to-reach places, silverfish are often only detected when one is found on the floor or under the refrigerator. Though their size and speed will make them tough to spot, they do leave behind these tiny signs of their presence:
- Damage to old books, papers, or wallpaper.
- Tiny fecal pellets that look like ground pepper.
- Flaky scales littered on the ground, remnants of old exoskeletons from silverfish moltings.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s likely silverfish have started to make your home into theirs. Since the scale of a silverfish infestation can be nearly impossible for homeowners to gauge, contacting an exterminator to peform an inspection is highly recommended.