What do silverfish look like?

Silverfish have a tear-drop shaped body and 3 bristle-like appendages that extend from the hind-end. They have antennae as long as their body. An adult’s body grows to about ¾ of an inch in length. Silverfish have brown bodies which are covered in silvery-metallic scales. They are wingless but able to move quickly using a wriggling, fish-like motion. Young silverfish (nymphs) look like the adults but are smaller in size.

Where am I likely to find silverfish in my house?

Outside, silverfish live in damp dark areas, like under mulch, rocks, fallen trees, and landscaping ties. After moving inside, (usually when the weather outside becomes too hot and dry) they seek out places that mimic their outdoor environment. Inside, silverfish are usually found in potted plants, in crawl spaces, in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and in cabinets under sinks. 

Do silverfish bite?

Silverfish aren’t known for their cuddly appearance, but the good news is, they do not bite. 

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish aren’t known to carry diseases and are not considered a dangerous pest. However, silverfish should not be allowed to live inside homes for any period of time. They may contaminate pantry items and chew on and cause damage to things such as books, photos, storage boxes, upholstered furniture, carpets, and wallpaper. 

How do I get rid of silverfish?

If you’ve discovered silverfish in your home or business, Keller’s offers effective silverfish control services. Our team has the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to rid your property of these nuisance pests. To learn more about our services, please contact us!


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