The silverfish is a small, wingless insect whose name derives from the animal’s silvery blue color, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements. It belongs to a group estimated to have existed for over 300 million years, at least since the Paleozoic Era.
The silverfish’s diet consists of carbohydrates such as sugar or starches, such as the dextrin in adhesives including glue, book bindings, paper, photos, sugar, hair, and dandruff. Silverfish can also cause damage to books, tapestries, and textiles.
Silverfish will commonly graze in and around showers, baths, and sinks on the cellulose present in many shampoos, shaving foams and so on. Other substances that may be eaten include cotton, linen, silk and synthetic fibers, and dead insects.
Silverfish can be found anywhere in homes including, but not limited to, garages, closets, underneath beds, couches, electrical appliances such as keyboards and generally preferring dark areas.
If you’re concerned that you have silverfish in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.