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Quick Facts

  • Feed on glue, wallpaper paste, book bindings, linens and other items commonly found around the home
  • Can live up to eight years
  • Most active at night 
  • Prefer damp, cool areas which is why eliminating moisture is helpful in controlling these nuisance pests

Silverfish, also known as “fishmoth”, “urban silverfish” and the “carpet shark” get their name from their silvery, light gray and bluish color. These insects are a common household pest throughout South Carolina as well as the entire United States.

What do silverfish look like?

Silverfish have a long, lean and flattened body and range in length from ½ to 1 inch. The most recognizable feature of silverfish is their color. They appear light gray to blue, but have a shimmery silver look as they are seen moving across the floors in a fish-like manner.

Silverfish habits and behaviors

Silverfish can be found in moist, humid areas of your home including basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms. They are a nocturnal insect, not often seen during the day, but come out in the evening to feed on anything that contains starch or polysaccharides including sugar, book bindings, wallpaper glue, paper and even human hair and dandruff. Unfortunately, these pests do not hibernate so they can be a problem all year long.

Are silverfish dangerous?

No, silverfish are not a dangerous pest. The problem with silverfish comes from the destruction they are capable of causing to personal belongings, making them a nuisance pest.

Does Aiken treat silverfish?

Yes, we do. With our quarterly home pest control program, you can rest assured that we will eliminate your current silverfish problem and help prevent future problems from occurring. Call us today to get rid of silverfish in your home!


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