Silverfish Harm or Nuisance?

January 28th, 2023
Silverfish Harm or Nuisance?

Silverfish are small, wingless insects commonly found in homes and buildings. These pests are known for their fast, wriggling movements, which can be alarming to homeowners who spot them in their homes. But are these insects harmful, or are they just annoying?

What are Silverfish?

Silverfish are insects that belong to the order Zygentoma. They are known for their elongated and scaley bodies. Silverfish have three long, tail-like appendages at the back of their bodies, which they use to move quickly and wriggle around.

The size of a silverfish is typically around half an inch to one inch in length. Silverfish can live in numerous environments, including homes, buildings, and garages.

Are Silverfish Harmful or Annoying?

Silverfish are not known to cause any direct harm to humans. They are not known to transmit diseases or bite people. However, they can be a nuisance in the home, as they feed on household materials, including books, paper, clothing, and wallpaper.

Silverfish can be particularly problematic for homeowners with paper or book collections, as they primarily feed on these items. They can also cause damage to clothing and other fabrics, which can be costly to replace.


In conclusion, while silverfish are not harmful to humans, they can be a nuisance in the home. If you are dealing with a silverfish infestation in your home, contact a professional pest control company like Gilpin's Pest Control. With our tools and expertise, we can help eliminate the infestation and keep your home free of these pesky insects.

Gilpin’s Pest Control is a family-owned business operating on the Lower Mainland in Greater Vancouver and the BC Interior including Kamloops, Revelstoke, and Sicamous. After 35 years in the business, we do a stellar job and are proud of our rapid response time.

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about pest control needs, please call us toll-free at (800) 770-2428.