Did you know that Silverfish are estimated to have existed for 300 million years, making them older than dinosaurs! These insects have received their name due to a fish shaped body that is covered with silvery scales, and their trademark motion which is similar to a fish in water.


Identifying a Silverfish


Silverfish are wingless insects with flattened, tear-shaped bodies which taper from the head to the tail.


An adult silverfish will measure about an inch long, not including its two threadlike antennae at the head or three bristle-like appendages at the rear. Silverfish do not undergo metamorphosis, which means that the immature insects look very similar to the adults, only smaller.


The Damage Silverfish Can Cause


Silverfish will live in almost any area of your home, including the living room, bedroom, bathroom, and attic. Feeding mostly on carbohydrates, silverfish will eat books, wallpaper, and other paper or housing structure materials.


Silverfish' Life Cycle


A silverfish will live, on average, for three years. A silverfish female will lay 1-3 eggs each day, usually hiding them in cracks or under objects. If the conditions are right, the new silverfish will reach maturity in 3-4 months, allowing it to begin breeding also. Silverfish can live for several weeks without food or water.




Silverfish are generally nocturnal and will hide or rest during the day, preferring tight cracks and crevices. Although these insects will roam throughout a home when looking for food, once a stable food source has been located, the silverfish will continue to live close by. Breeding usually occurs within the structure of the house, such as between walls, beneath floorboards or in roof voids.



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