Would you know a silverfish if you spotted one? These house pests are very common, and chances are you’ve seen your share of them around a sink or perhaps in a corner of your bathroom. It’s good to know these little guys when you see them, because if they become too numerous, your drywall, clothing, paperwork, or books could suffer, since that’s what silverfish enjoy eating. Of course, if they start to crowd you, you can always call us at Green Team Pest—but hopefully it won’t come to that.

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You can recognize a silverfish by its long antennae, fishtail-like movement, rear end bristles, and extremely fast speed. They’re pretty creepy-looking, and they love hanging around damp, quiet spaces—mostly at nighttime since they’re nocturnal. (Yes, this means that they’re crawling around your home while you sleep.) Their favorite hangout spots tend to be basements, attics, garages, sheds, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Silverfish are unique in that they eat starches. They like shampoo, linen, silk, and books. When they’ve been eating books, you can find little trails inside the pages. If you see a lot of these destructive trails in your books or paperwork, you have a silverfish problem!

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Not only will they eat your books, but if they find your clothing, watch out! Silverfish will chew away on silk, cotton, and even leather. They also love to snack on wallpaper and will leave noticeable trails there, too.

While silverfish don’t carry disease or bite, they can do a lot of damage to your things if they’re left to run wild. Particularly for book collectors or people with important paperwork or print photographs, silverfish can be alarmingly destructive.

Serious silverfish infestations will need professional treatment, so if you suspect you may have one, please contact us at Green Team Pest. We’re your pest control service in Houston, Pearland, and League City, Texas. Contact us at (281) 295-1633 to learn more or to schedule an on-site consultation.