Silverfish are small and creepy looking insects and they can be found in people’s homes quite often, as they are seeking for moisture. They are also one of the most ancient insects on Earth, and they have been around for more than 400 million years. So they were even predating dinosaurs at some point in time.
Even though they have been around for so long, they haven’t developed wings. But they are making up for this by having extreme speeds. They stay safe by being more active at night and also by making a run for it when they are in danger.
WHY THEY ARE CALLED SILVERFISH?
When running, they are wiggling their body and this resembles the swimming motion of a fish. Besides this, they also need moisture and they have fish-like scales, so that’s why they got this unusual name for an insect. Even when they are grown up they still continue to shed their skin. So finding silver scales in your home or basement can be a sign of silverfish infestation.
WHAT ATTRACTS SILVERFISH?
They prefer moist and humid areas that are abundant in food and not heavily circulated by humans. So you will usually find them in basements, bathrooms and kitchens. They tend to congregate around plumbing fixtures, so they can easily access leaky pipes or those covered in condensation. You will also find them in humid attics, and they can even crawl out of shower and sink drains.