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Silverfish

Silverfish

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

Habits:

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.

Habitat:

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

Threats:

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