Silverfish

Silverfish ©Shipher Wu

Silverfish

Scientific name: Lepisma saccharina
The Silverfish is so-named for its fish-like way of moving and its silvery scales. It can be found in the damp corners of the house, such as the kitchen or bathroom. Infestations can cause serious damage.

Species information

Statistics

Length: 1.2-2.5cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

January to December

About

The Silverfish is a very primitive, wingless insect, and part of a group known as the Bristletails. Silverfish live in houses, where they feed on sugar and starch, which can be found in paper, soap residues and even dust. They particularly like slightly damp places: you are most likely to see them in the bathroom or kitchen.

How to identify

The Silverfish has a silvery body, two long antennae and three tail bristles. It is covered in tiny scales, which will come off if you touch it.

Distribution

Widespread.

Did you know?

Earwigs, centipedes and spiders are natural predators of Silverfish, so why not leave that House Spider alone in the corner?

How people can help

The Wildlife Trusts work with pest controllers to find the most wildlife-friendly solutions to some of our everyday problems.