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What are silverfish?

Silverfish are small insects that are common pests in Providence, Worcester, and throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New England. Unlike most insects, silverfish only have three stages in their life cycle. Female silverfish can lay eggs at any time of the year and it typically takes three to four months for them to grow from egg to adult. Silverfish eat anything that contains starch or polysaccharides. This can include paper, photos, wallpaper glue and book bindings.

What do they look like?

Silverfish have flat bodies that are between 1/2 and 1 inch in length. They have 3 bristles that protrude from the rear of their abdomen. Silverfish obtain their name from their appearance; they are silver in color and when they move they have a fish-like motion.

Do silverfish bite?

No, silverfish do not bite or sting.

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish are not known to spread any diseases and are not considered dangerous. However, they can be quite the nuisance as they damage the items that they infest and feed on.

What are the signs of a silverfish infestation?

Silverfish feeding patterns are very erratic. There may be holes in the material, or markings and etches along the surface. Both should be considered a possible sign of a silverfish infestation. Also, in serious cases small scales and feces may be seen on the infested material.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish require high levels of humidity. They most likely found their way into your home in search of moisture and food.  They commonly infest basements, bathrooms, kitchens and other areas of high moisture. 

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Silverfish can be very difficult to find and control. They are nocturnal, meaning that you are not likely to see them during the day and their small size makes them adept at hiding. Professional help is often needed. Big Blue Bug Solutions offers effective residential pest control programs to New England residents, and has the experience and expertise needed to successfully take care of any of your pest problems. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your pest problems.

Silverfish prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions

Silverfish can be very difficult to prevent. Lowering the humidity can be a big help, but regular services from a pest control professional is the best prevention method.

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