Scientific Name: Lepisma saccharina

Silverfish live in dark, damp areas like basements, attics, kitchens, and bathrooms. They are attracted to paper and damp clothing and are often found in storage boxes containing these items. Silverfish are mostly nuisance insects that cause little damage. However in some cases large, uncontrolled infestations may cause severe damage to your possessions but this is uncommon.

Lepisma Saccharina
Close-up of a Silverfish, Lepisma saccharina, on a wall.
"LepismaSaccharina" by Christian Fischer. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

Identify Silverfish

Silverfish are nocturnal insects averaging between half an inch to an inch. Their abdomens taper at the end of their metallic white to brown-grey or bluish-silver colored bodies which gives them a fish-like or teardrop shape. They have three long cerci at the tips of their abdomens with two small compound eyes.

“Like other species in Apterygota, silverfish are completely wingless. They have long antennae, and move in a wiggling motion that resembles the movement of a fish. This, coupled with their appearance and silvery scales, influences their common name. Silverfish typically live for two to eight years.[4] Silverfish are agile runners and can outrun most of their predators (including wandering spiders and centipedes). However such running is only possible on horizontal surfaces, as they lack any additional appendages and, therefore, are not fast enough to climb walls at the same speed. They also avoid light.”

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Managing a Silverfish Infestation

Sticky traps can be used in areas where you have seen this pest in order to catch silverfish. Drying out damp areas and removing potential hiding places can also help. Seal any open cracks or crevices especially in your basement to keep them from finding their way into your home. These methods are effective in controlling light infestations but only target the adults. Contact a local pest control expert to diagnose and detect the infestation. They will provide a customized treatment plan that will remove eggs and adult silverfish.

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