Silverfish, also know as carpet sharks, get their name from it’s silvery light gray and blue color, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements. Silverfish belong to the basal insect order Thysanura, a group estimated to have existed since the Paleozoic Era, over 300 million years ago.
Their diet consists mainly of starch or polysaccharides, such as dextrin which is found in adhesives. And so book bindings, paper, photos, sugar, hair, even dandruff, are a food source. Silverfish will commonly graze in and around showers, baths, and sinks on the cellulose present in many shampoos and shaving foams. Apart from these cases, the damage caused by silverfish is negligible and they have no direct effect on human health beyond psychological distress to those who are frightened or disgusted by their appearance, or to those whose books have been destroyed by the creatures.

In extreme cases, silverfish may live for one year without eating. 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 about silverfish in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.