What You Need to Know about Silverfish


Silverfish are a small, wingless insect. They get their name from their silvery color and the way they move like fish. Their odd movement isn’t the only thing that makes them creepy-crawlie…they are very fast, even faster than their predators, like spiders. They are nocturnal and avoid light, so you’re most likely to find them in an attic or basement.

Signs of a Silverfish Infestation

There are several things that point to an infestation:

  • Seeing a silverfish
  • Spotting feces that are small, round, and black, almost like peppercorns
  • Holes in wallpaper, books, magazines, and other papers
  • Yellow stains
  • Shed skin

Are They Dangerous?

Not to you, but to your belongings: yes. They love books! To eat them, that is. So much that they’ll make their home in your personal library or old photo albums and ruin them in the process. They won’t stop there; they will also make it to your closet to eat your clothing and to your kitchen for oats, flour, and sugar.

How Can You Get Rid of Silverfish?

Your first DIY step is to find out why they’ve made your home their own, then make your home less comfortable for them. Consider getting a dehumidifier to rid your home of the moisture that is attracting them, use air-tight food storage containers, and find a better way to store your books.

Rid Your Home of Silverfish with Our Help

The pest pros at ExtermPRO have experience dealing with these creepy crawlies. We know the signs, how to prevent silverfish, and most important know how to get rid of them. Call us today at 571-620-1168.