A Silverfish is not actually a fish. It simply takes its name from its silvery color and its fish like movements as it scurries about at night. Our silverfish pest control team has had extensive experience tracking these wily creatures and have learned a bit about their behavior.
Silverfish are soft bodied creatures and range from 13mm to 25mm in length. Silverfish are wingless, silvery to brown in color, covered with fine scales and have eyes. They like to live in moist, humid areas and can be found in basements, bathrooms, garages or attics, all places we examine during a silverfish pest control procedure.
Although they are considered general feeders, Silverfish prefer carbohydrates and proteins, including flour, dried meat, rolled oats, paper and even glue. They can survive long periods, sometimes over a year, without food but cannot survive unless they are in optimum living conditions of moisture and high humidity, environments that we find create a need for silverfish pest control.
The mating rituals of a Silverfish are unique. Reproduction can last over a half hour and include phases like rubbing their antennae together, a little game of chase and tickling. Females continuously lay eggs but it usually amounts to no more than 100 eggs total during their lifetime and their lifetime can last two to eight years!
Silverfish are considered a nuisance pest because they can contaminate food, damage paper goods and stain clothing but are medically harmless. Occasionally they can damage book bindings, curtains, wallpaper, creating a need for silverfish pest control measures.