What is a Silverfish?
The silverfish (Lepisma saccharina), sometimes called “fishmoth,” “urban silverfish,” or “carpet shark,” is a small insect with a long, slender, flattened body measuring from ½ to 1 inch in length.
It derives its name from the light grey and blue coloring which can shimmer and look silvery as it moves its gradually tapering body across floors and surfaces in an almost fish-like manner.
Silverfish have a three stage life cycle, unlike many other insects and until maturity the young silverfish are white in color and lack the silver scales of the adult. From egg to adult takes about three to four months and the female silverfish can lay eggs at any point during the year.
Why do I have them?
Silverfish like humid areas of moderate temperature and are especially found of kitchen cupboards, basements, laundry rooms, attics, and under bathroom sinks. Dark places suit them well and they can often be found active at night or in dark places during the day. They do not hibernate so they can be active all year round.