The Silverfish has a shiny grey body that is wider at the front and tapers toward the rear. It has two antennae on its head that are as long as its body and three extensions from the rear that may also be very long.
Silverfish feed on foods that are high starch, sugar and protein, including stored foods, textiles, glue, paper and mold. Once Silverfish find a food source they often stay close to it but may hide nearby. They can also go for months without eating.
Silverfish are nocturnal, preferring to search for food under cover of darkness. But damage from Silverfish can be seen from marks where they feed and left behind feces. If discovered they move very quickly to a crack or crevice to avoid being caught. Silverfish do not carry disease.
Silverfish travel in inaccessible places and can be difficult to control. Set sticky traps in areas where they’ve been seen or you suspect infestations.
Silverfish are most common in summer and fall but can also be prominent indoors in winter months.