You may never have heard of the insect known as the silverfish, but after seeing one, you may never forget it! The sight of a silverfish often makes people squirm because their looks and fish-like movements can be the epitome of creepy. While silverfish are not dangerous, they can cause a lot of damage, so it is important to keep them under control. In our previous blogpost, we gave you some interesting facts about silverfish, now we want to help you spot the signs of an infestation.
Silverfish are tear-drop shaped insects approximately 12-19 mm long. They are typically bluish-silver with three long bristles at the end of their “tail.” Silverfish got their name because the wiggly way that they move makes them appear like fish that are swimming. They like dark, moist environments, so you will often find them in basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Silverfish like to eat starchy material. An uncontrolled population of silverfish can cause excessive damage to homes by destroying books, photos, wallpaper, and other priceless things. They are also attracted to fungi and mold.
By Aiwok; [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Signs of an Infestation
- Seeing a Silverfish: Silverfish are nocturnal, so they are not often sighted. Sometimes, however, they will get stuck in a sink or bathtub and give homeowners quite a surprise. Spotting a single silverfish does not necessarily mean you have an infestation, but chances are good that there are many more that you aren’t seeing.
- Droppings: The fecal matter of silverfish is fairly unique, so it can often be used to identify them. It looks like peppercorns or pellets– usually small, black, and spherical. These droppings can be found in places that silverfish frequent like food bags, boxes, books, and stacks of paper.
- Shed Skin or Yellow Stains: Silverfish shed their skin throughout their lives. This shedding not only leaves behind small “shells” of skin, but can also create yellow dust and stains during the molting process. If you look carefully, you might be able to identify these, but they can also easily be swept away with dust and go unnoticed.
- Silverfish Damage: The most obvious sign of silverfish is often the damage that they have caused. If you start noticing small holes in wallpaper, books, papers, and cardboard boxes, chances are good that you might have a silverfish problem on your hands. If left unnoticed and untreated, these small holes can multiply and turn into extreme damage.
*Silverfish Damage; Micha L. Rieser, via Wikimedia Commons
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