silverfish__full-width-9-colLepisma saccharina

Silverfish can vary in color from white to greyish brown to silver. They are typically teardrop shaped and range in size from about a ½” up to almost 1”.

Silverfish can be found growing in many different environments in most climates. They prefer dark damp areas and you’ll often find them in bathrooms, basements, kitchens, attics or garages where boxes are stored.

They typically feed on and can damage paper products, such as wallpaper, and clothing. They especially like linen and silk. They will also feed on shampoo, books and other dead insects.

Female silverfish can lay anywhere from a cluster of 2 to 20 eggs per day. They reproduce quickly and a large infestation can be present before you realize it. You’ll most often detect silverfish first in your bathroom or kitchen in sinks and bathtubs.

Silverfish will most often be a problem if there is humidity in crawl spaces, but that can also make them difficult to prevent. If you see silverfish in your home, it’s time to contact us for treatment!