A Silverfish Bristletail isolated over white background (Lepisma saccharina, Lepismatidae family)



Silverfish bugs are small wingless insects with a tear drop shape and the abdomen tapers at the end.  Its name comes from the color which is silvery light grey and blue, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements.  They are nocturnal insects that are typically 13-25mm (0.5-1 in) long.  They have three long cerci at the tip of the abdomen and two small compound eyes.



Silverfish inhabit dark and damp areas and can be found in attics, basements, sinks, kitchens and showers.  They feed on starchy materials such as book bindings, carpet, glue, photos, plaster and sugar.  Their feeding habits are destructive.  They reproduce quickly and can live from two to eight years and are able to live for a year without eating.


Addressing a silverfish infestation requires treatment of both adult silverfish and their harborage areas such as attics, can lights, switch plate covers, under baseboards. Silverfish infestations require professional treatment. Your local pest control expert will be able to assess the situation within your home and determine the most effective methods of extermination for your specific problem. At the first sign of a silverfish infestation, contact your local st. louis pest control professional to provide a free inspection / estimate.