Silverfish prefer habitats that humans create for them. The prefer dark, damp locations where there is an abundant food source (paper, clothing fibers, food crumbs). They generally move around at night to avoid detection. Silverfish tend to stay in the same area so long as a food source remains. They will lay eggs in these areas. Egg growth takes only 20 – 40 days.
Silverfish eat mainly starches and dextrin found in adhesives. These are generally found in book bindings, plaster, photo albums. They can damage curtains, upholstery, carpets, and other household fibers (cotton, linen, and silk). Silverfish can live for a year or more without eating, so be diligent in keeping your house clean and dry.
Left to their own devices, Silverfish will continue to consume and destroy your property. They may be small, but they are also be plentiful. They don’t take breaks and will continue consuming until nothing is left to consume. They are not particularly a concern for disease.
- Remove the Silverfish food sources
- Keep clothes, books, newspapers, etc… off of the floor
- In moist areas of your home, run fans or dehumidifiers to remove the excess moisture
- Keep your home clean, floors swept, food disposed of properly, quit leaving pet food in a pet’s bowl
- Vacuuming your carpets and rugs to eliminate any eggs or larvae