Silverfish can be found in many homes and buildings. They are wingless insects that get their name from their silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape. They are usually between ½and ¾ of an inch long and are a bluish-silver or brown color. Silverfish have two long antennae on their head and three long “tail” filaments at the end of their body.
Silverfish are not harmful to humans, but they can damage clothing, books, wallpaper, food, and other items around your home by eating them or leaving stains behind. They are attracted to areas that have high humidity levels (such as bathrooms) and feed on mold or mildew.
To prevent silverfish in your home:
-Keep moisture under control by using air conditioners or dehumidifiers and fixing leaky pipes.
-Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home or around windows and doors.
-Don’t store cardboard boxes in basements, attics, or garages.
If you find silverfish in your house:
-Throw away any old newspapers or magazines you aren’t using.
-Keep foods sealed in plastic containers with tight lids.