Lepisma Saccharina, known as 'silverfish', is an insect that feeds on organic debris and hides among furniture, kitchens and bathrooms. With the arrival of good weather, the ungrateful presence of these insects increases. Rentokil, a company specialized in pest control services, advises to take advantage of the general cleaning to remove furniture and eliminate them. The 'silverfish' is born between the cracks in the walls and inhabits the wettest and darkest places of the house. The gaps of furniture that move little, kitchens and bathrooms are the ideal habitat for the proliferation of Lepisma, lover of moisture and darkness.

Types of common silverfish in new jersey

Silverfish are a wingless, nuisance pest, they are not a fish at all, but are named “silverfish” because of the silvery-gray scales that cover their body and the fast fish-like manner that they move in.

Adults grow to be about ¾ of an inch in length and their bodies are brown in color. Silverfish have a tear-drop shaped body (think carrot), a distinctive long pair of antennae and a super long bristle-like appendage that comes off the back of their body.


Silverfish are not a dangerous pest to people or pets, they don’t bite or sting and aren’t known to cause any health issues. Silverfish are considered to be general feeders, this means they will feed on almost anything, but they do prefer items that are high in starches, sugar, and protein.

Their feeding habits mean that they can contaminate food and damage items inside of a home like wallpaper, pictures, books, clothing, furniture and carpets.


Silverfish seek dark, high humidity environments and may enter homes through cracks in the foundation and/or crawlspaces and through spaces found underneath of doors while foraging for food and suitable shelter. The most common way that silverfish are introduced into a home is by bringing in boxes, piles of papers, or packages that are already infested with these nuisance pests.

Inside they can be found living in the basement, attic, crawl space, and bathrooms- silverfish also feed on cellulose which is found in shaving foams, shampoos and other personal products.


For silverfish control in New Jersey, Arrow Pest Control offers an effective pest control services that eliminate the problem and corrects the conditions that attract them.  If silverfish have infested your New Jersey home, contact the dedicated pest professionals at Arrow Pest Control today!

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