Domestic silverfish are common inhabitants of houses and are often found in dark sheltered areas. They like undisturbed places such as in cupboards and bookshelves.
They are wingless with a long soft body covered in silvery-grey scales and are about 15 mm long. Silverfish are nocturnal and not often seen by day.
Whilst they don’t bite, silverfish are a creepy nuisance that can be destructive to your belongings. They feed mainly on paper and fabric found around the home.
Domestic silverfish are common inhabitants of houses and are often found in dark sheltered areas. They like undisturbed places such as in cupboards and bookshelves.Silverfish are often brought into new homes in cardboard cartons, books and papers from infested sites.
As they are nocturnal and move very fast, making them hard to see, and live on a diet that includes starchy foods, paper, and fabric.
Generally most people become aware they have Silverfish for the first time is when they see small holes in their clothes in wardrobes.
You can also notice aware of their presence because of what they leave behind. Look for damp, dark areas with small spots of excrement that look like black pepper. Yellowish stains on clothing, cereal boxes, and other cardboard or fabric materials also indicate they're nearby. Finally, silverfish shed their skin, so you can look around for tiny skin casts in your bathroom, basement and other areas where you suspect they live.
The silverfish lives and develops in dark, damp, cool places, especially bathrooms and basements. Large numbers may be found in new buildings in which the masonry is still damp. Because silverfish need and seek moisture, they are frequently found trapped in sinks and bathtubs. They may also be found in bookcases, around closet shelves, behind skirting boards and window and door frames.