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Quick Reference Facts

Common Name: Silverfish
Common Traits: Color: Silver to brown, Shape: Oval elongated, Size: 3/4" long, Region: Throughout U.S.
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Prevention Methods

  • Consider a dehumidifier for your home
  • Repair leaky pipes and draines
  • Don't keep books or magazines where Silverfish are found


Silverfish tend to feed on paper items, glue, clothing and food items, such as flour and rolled oats. Silverfish can live up to a year without food, but require a high humidity environment. They move fast and are typically nocturnal.


Silverfish are found throughout the U.S. and are typically seen in moist, humid areas in the home, such as bathrooms, basements, and attics.


While silverfish are mainly a nuisance pest, they can contaminate food and damage paper goods such as wallpaper and books.

Information provided by the National Pest Management Association