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Silverfish

(1/2" long) One of the most common household pests, silverfish are slender with long antennae and 3 tail-like cerci. They may live throughout the house from basement to attic. Silverfish eat starches, cellulose and vegetable-based materials, thus causing damage to foods, paper, books, wallpaper and many fabrics. Silverfish are covered with shiny scales similar to scales found on the wing of a moth.

  • Silverfish are small, elongated, triangular insects that are typically a shiny gray or silver color. They have three characteristic long, thin appendages extending from the rear of the abdomen.
  • Silverfish live in cracks and voids and feed on fungal molds and organic matter. They will damage natural fabrics, paper, and book bindings.
  • It is common for silverfish to be found in larger numbers in attics, basements, and crawlspaces. They are also common outdoors in southern states.
  • Homes with cedar shake roofs seem to experience more serious infestations of silverfish. This may be due to the additional molds that form on these type of shingles. More available food results in more silverfish.
    Inside, silverfish will be seen occasionally or on a regular basis in kitchens and bathrooms. They may be seen in other rooms, of course.
  • Treatment of cracks and voids and attic and crawlspaces is necessary to minimize silverfish. This pest, however, is one of the most difficult insects to totally eliminate even for a professional company.
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