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Who doesn’t love a good book? Unfortunately, this pesky little insect can devour your favorite book as fast as you can. You may not know much about the little critters known as silverfish now, but here are 5 interesting facts to get you started.


5. Silverfish were named because they resemble fish.

It may sound bizarre that an insect got its name from a fish, but silverfish both look and move like fish. Silverfish are wingless insects about one inch long that have flexible, slippery scales on their bodies. These scales are light gray and slightly blue, giving them a silvery metallic look when they move. The body of a silverfish is shaped like a teardrop that tapers at the end. As they travel, silverfish wiggle back and forth making them appear to be swimming like a fish.

4. Silverfish can live for months without eating.

When food is not available, silverfish can still survive as long as they have water. Surprisingly, sometimes they can last without food for a year or more. This makes getting rid of silverfish even more difficult because if you get rid of their source of food, they can still get along just fine.

3. Silverfish both love and fear the bathtub.

One of the first signs of a silverfish infestation is often finding live bugs in your bathtubs or sinks. Silverfish are nocturnal insects that prefer warm, moist places to live. This makes bathtubs and sinks ideal places for them to go during the night. Silverfish are fast runners, but poor climbers, so often they will get stuck in tubs because they can not climb the slippery walls. If you find silverfish in your tub, check the rest of your home for signs of more. Important places to check are basements, under sinks, attics, and kitchens. If there is excess moisture in your home, you can help prevent more silverfish by using a dehumidifier and bathroom fan.

They often come in through cracks and crevices in the roof. If you have a roof in need of repair, it’s important to hire someone quickly to take care of the issue. If you are in need of a roofer in Covington, GA, our friends at Roman Roofing can help you out.

2. Silverfish can attract dangerous bugs to your home.

While silverfish are not dangerous by themselves, silverfish just happen to be a favorite food of much nastier bugs. Earwigs, centipedes, and even poisonous brown recluse spiders prey on silverfish. This alone should be motivation to get the silverfish population under control in your home.

1. Silverfish love a good book!

Silverfish love to dine on carbohydrates such as sugars and starches. This means they not only eat food crumbs, but they also munch away on book bindings, paper, adhesives, newspapers, magazines, carpet, wallpaper, and even clothing. The main reason that silverfish are considered household pests is due to the damage they cause to property. If you find small holes in your wallpaper, books, or paper documents, you may have a silverfish problem. Other signs include scales, droppings, or yellow stains on walls or personal items. Perhaps the worst place to have an infestation of silverfish would be your neighborhood library!


If you are finding signs of silverfish in your home, call the professionals at Midwest Pest Control. We can help identify problem areas of your home and come up with a treatment plan. We are dedicated to keeping your home safe and pest free. Guaranteed.


*photo credit: Christian Fischer