Silverfish are not just silver in color but may be white, brown, grey or blue-silver in color. Their bodies are teardrop-shaped and measure 12-19 mm in length. Silverfish have three long bristles that extend from the rear.
Silverfish can thrive in most climates but they prefer dark and damp areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, laundry rooms and attics. These insects maybe found in boxes that have been in away in storage. More commonly silverfish are usually discovered in the bathroom near a sink or bathtub. Silverfish move very quickly and are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night. This can cause a delay in noticing their presence and an infestation may go unnoticed for long periods of time, giving time for the infestation to grow. Silverfish can cause damage with their feeding habits, affecting papers/book pages, clothing, wallpaper, and food in pantries. They also cause small holes in the materials they bite and may cause yellow staining on the material.
Silverfish may look fierce but are not known to bite humans and do not carry diseases. If they are disturbed they do not put up a fight, they will quickly flee and try to hide. Like other insect infestations, the longer you wait to start treatment, the longer the process will be. You can call your pest management company to help properly identify the insect and help establish a proper treatment plan.
Alpha Home Pest Control (208)475-4440blog