Will Silverfish Bite People?

Silverfish are small insects that feed on a wide variety of organic materials, from cereals and pet food to linens and glue, but they do not bite people.

Behavior
In fact, given their nocturnal nature, the pests rarely come into contact with humans at all, preferring instead to hide in dark, humid environments like dank basements and leaky pipes.

People often confuse silverfish with house centipedes, which can bite, or cockroaches, which are capable of spreading disease.

Alternative Methods of Self-Defense

Movement
When silverfish are disturbed, they quickly dart to safety rather than bite. The pests sway from side to side when they run, which makes them look like wriggling fish.

Appearance
As they range in size from a quarter of an inch to half an inch, silverfish are able to fit into very small cracks in walls, beneath furniture, and under appliances.

They are long and slender and have lengthy antennae and posterior appendages that help them sense vibrations, which allows them to hide as soon as they detect danger.

Other Silverfish Problems

Damage
Although they don’t bite humans, silverfish in large numbers can destroy:

  • Books
  • Stored food products
  • Clothing
  • Upholstered furniture

Call the Professionals
Furthermore, infestations can be persistent, especially if the underlying environmental conditions that are drawing silverfish inside, such as excessive humidity levels or leaky pipes, are not addressed.

Homeowners should contact the pest control specialists at Western Pest to handle silverfish problems before they get out of control.

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