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Pest identification

Color:  Silver to brown
Legs:  6
Shape:  Oval, elongated
Size:  ¾ inches
Antennae:  Yes
Region:  Found throughout U.S.

What Are Silverfish?

Scientific Name:  Lespisma sacchrina (Linnaeus)

Silverfish get their name from the insect’s silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape and movements. Silverfish are also known as “bristletails” because of their three long, bristle-like or tail-like appendages on the rear end of their body.

Silverfish are found throughout the U.S.  The humidity that Florida is well-known for allows many pests to thrive, especially silverfish. Silverfish often live outside in flowerbeds or gardens or under items including trash cans, recycling bins and mulch.

Typically silverfish are seen in moist, humid areas in the home, such as bathrooms, basements and attics. They tend to hide their presence from humans, which means any damage they have caused could go unnoticed as well. 

Indoors, they can cause property damage by chewing holes in clothing, upholstery and paper goods, such as wallpaper and books.

This is why it is important to get rid of silverfish if you are dealing with an infestation.

Nuisance or Threat:

Silverfish are mainly a nuisance pest.


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