They’re tiny, nocturnal and destructive pests that seem to magically appear in your home when you least expect it. These are the most common reasons silverfish enter your home and some of the best ways to prevent them from coming in and destroying your belongings.
Silverfish are wingless, soft-bodied insects with three long, tail-like appendages. They only grow to the size of one-half to three-fourths of an inch. Because they are nocturnal creatures, the severity of a silverfish infestation may go unnoticed for a long period of time, allowing the population to grow exponentially before intervention.
Though small, these pests can cause enormous damage. Silverfish are drawn to polysaccharides, which are found in paper, book bindings, photos, hair, coffee, dandruff and many other things. They also like cotton, linen and silk. A surefire sign of a silverfish infestation is white patches on your books or a smattering of holes throughout your photo albums.