Five Signs of a Silverfish Infestation


When you go to your attic or basement, the last thing you want to find is a creepy crawly darting around faster than most insects you’re used to seeing. If that pest is silvery and moves like a fish, it’s probably a silverfish. But is it one or are you dealing with an infestation? Here are the signs you have a silverfish infestation:

1. Seeing One

These pests are small, wingless, and a silver color. They move like a fish and are fast to outrun their predators, like spiders. Silverfish are nocturnal and avoid light, so you’re most likely to find them in an attic, basement, and sometimes even a kitchen cabinet.

2. Feces

Like most pest infestations, finding feces can be a clear sign of problems. Silverfish have waste that is small, round, and black, almost resembling peppercorns

3. Holes

Silverfish are well-known for their odd choice of food, which provides a big clue to an infestation. They happily munch on wallpaper, books, magazines, paper, and fabric. This unusual diet comes from their need for starches, so in some cases, they’ll also raid your kitchen cabinet for a food source.

4. Yellow Stains

When you hear “yellow stains,” you’re probably imagining silverfish urine covering your items. Luckily, it’s not necessarily the cause of the stain.

5. Shed Skin

Unlike other insects, silverfish continue to shed their skin well into adulthood. The scales have a metallic look and are opaque. It’s a clear sign of an infestation.

Silverfish Infestation? Not with ExtermPRO.

At ExtermPRO, we believe prevention and early intervention is the key to pest control, and that’s why we have two Pest Protection Plans to choose from. It helps protect your home from pest invasions, like silverfish. Call us at 571-620-1168 for a free quote today.