The Silverfish Bug


Silverfish InsectThe silverfish insect, sometimes called "fishmoth", is a small wingless insect typically measuring about half an inch in length. They are nocturnal insects that have been on planet earth for an estimated 300 million years.

Silverfish are highly resilient bugs that are typically found in the northern hemisphere, primarily in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe. They are a very common household pest that can be hard to eradicate.



There are many different species of silverfish and although they generally have the same body shape they can appear in many different sizes and colors.

Silverfish are most commonly brown or silver, however some are black while others have black and white stripes.

Silverfish are sometimes misidentified as house centipedes or firebrats.


What They Eat

Silverfish eat a variety of items found in nature and in the household. Some of these items include:

  • glue
  • book bindings
  • wallpaper
  • plaster
  • paint
  • paper
  • photos
  • sugar
  • silk
  • coffee
  • hair
  • carpet
  • clothing
  • dandruff
  • cotton
  • linen
  • dead insects

Silverfish can live up to a year without eating anything at all.


How to Get Rid of Silverfish From a House or Apartment

The most common method of getting rid of a silverfish insect infestation involves the use of traps, chemicals and poisons. If you have young children or pets, or simply don't want to use pesticides in your home the use of chemicals or pesticides may not appeal to you. But don't worry, there are alternatives.

In fact, silverfish eradication can be much more effective when you do not rely on chemicals - the reason is because pesticides will only effectively kill adult silverfish.

The real secret of silverfish eradication involves knowing how to kill their eggs. If you have silverfish bugs in your home, it is a fact that you have silverfish eggs in your home!

But silverfish eggs can be very hard to find and destroy.

Here's what you need to know in order to get rid of silverfish insects:

  • How to trap and kill adult silverfish bugs to reduce their ability to breed
  • An understanding of why you have silverfish insects in your home in the first place
  • Step by step directions on how to eliminate the ideal conditions that silverfish need in order to survive, reproduce, and thrive.
  • A good understanding of what silverfish eat and where they find it. Eliminating their sources of food is a great way to reduce their numbers
  • How to make your efforts permanent

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