About Silverfish

Information on Silverfish Bugs

What are Silverfish?

About SilverfishSilverfish are described as small, wingless insects that are scaly and silver or light grey in color. Silverfish earned its name by its fish-like appearance and quick, wiggling movements. They have 6 legs, a long antennae at the front and 3 smaller appendages at the rear. Silverfish bugs range between 10-20 millimeters long. Silverfish are nocturnal creatures that tend to be found in bathtubs and sinks because they will seek out moisture and humidity in the home. Often times, you will not notice a silverfish in your home because they are so small and flat and can fit in between and around very small cracks and crevices in the house.

Silverfish bugs will lay eggs in any dark, quiet area in the house. These areas are usually dark and unknown until an infestation occurs. If you are seeking out silverfish nests outdoors, areas that are dark, cool and moist areas such as under rocks, wood and piles of rotten leaves will be the ideal location for silverfish to breed.

Silverfish can go about a year without eating anything, and will live between 2 to 8 years, giving that their environment will provide enough food and breeding grounds for them.


Silverfish bite

Silverfish BiteSilverfish bugs are not known to bite humans. Sometimes, however, you may discover you have a silverfish bite. It is unlikely that you will even notice a silverfish bite until a few hours later, if at all. Silverfish mandibles are not usually strong enough to inflict a wound upon humans. Usually they will only bite off a bit of dead skin on a human body. Although silverfish are a household pest, they not poisonous and do not carry any known diseases.

The silverfish bug is more likely to go after just about anything else in your home before it will consider biting a human. Often times when a silverfish is spotted, it will run away to safety before it will try and attack a human. So, unless you are made of paper or dust, there is no reason to worry about a silverfish bite.

Sometimes silverfish bugs are mistaken for house centipedes, which DO bite humans and their bites are very painful. The best way to distinguish a silverfish bug to a house centipede is to look for how many legs the insect has. Silverfish only have 6 legs, where as house centipedes have many.


Silverfish infestation

Silverfish InfestationSilverfish are considered a household pest because they seek out and damage items in the house when they are feeding. Silverfish bugs eat products around the house that are starchy and filled with carbohydrates, and will seek out books, glue, plaster, paper, hair, carpets and any other dusty items. Mold and mildew are also known to attract silverfish bugs. Sometimes silverfish will consume clothing items such as cotton, linens, leather and silk. Silverfish bugs will also seek out foods such as sugar, flour and cereals.

Although silverfish infestations will contaminate food and destroy some household items, they do not carry disease. Often times you will not even see silverfish unless you have an infestation. Silverfish infestations are usually found in older houses, and have likely been in the house for quite some time.