Silverfish

Silverfish

Silverfish are small, wingless pests that range in size from ¼ – ¾ inches in length. They are tapered in the back and have long antennae with three bristles, or cerci, arising from the tip of the abdomen. They live in most indoor locations including attics, basements, and wall voids. Silverfish can survive if the conditions are warm or moist and the food source is suitable. They typically feed on linens, fabrics, paper, books, and dead animals. They also will feed on any type of human food, but prefer flour, starches, and breakfast cereals. Silverfish have nocturnal habits and can be difficult to find at night. Achieving control for silverfish is based on exclusion; caulking cracks and crevices, repairing any leaking pipes or drains, and storing flour and cereals in tightly sealed containers.