Do You Have Silverfish?

Have you noticed a silvery, metallic, insect around your home? They are called silverfish due to their coloring, fish-like shape, and movements. Some people also refer to them as “bristletails” because of their three long, bristle-like, or tail-like appendages on the rear end of their body. These insects are found throughout most places in the U.S. They especially like moist, humid areas in the home. Even if you have not noticed one of these metallic insects before, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there as they tend to hide from humans. Although they don’t have any wings, they are able to run very fast.


Since they stay hidden from humans, how do you know if they are living amongst you and you and your family? They like any places that are moist and humid such as bathrooms, basements, and attics. Their preferred food sources are wallpaper, books, and other paper-based items as well as glue and clothing. If they make their way into your pantry, they prefer to feed on rolled oats and flour. If you notice yellow stains, scales, and/or tiny black pepper-like pellets on or in any of these items you may have a silverfish infestation.


Ways you can prevent silverfish from infesting your home are:

  • Adding a dehumidifier.
  • Repairing leaky pipes and drains.
  • Repairing and/or removing any moldy or wet wood.
  • Not storing old books and magazines in basements, attics, and garages.
  • Storing food items in airtight containers.
  • Regular pest control.

Terminator Termite and Pest Control can help keep your home free from silverfish and other pests with regular pest control services. Call today to schedule an appointment at 479.783.6200.