Silverfish Pest Control in Milwaukee

Quick Facts
Size ½” to ¾”
Color Silver or gray
Body Slender, flat, tapered; carrot-shaped
Legs Yes, 6
Antennae Yes, plus a tail-like appendage on the rear
Wings No
Can They Bite? No


  • Dark, damp areas
  • Can thrive in most environments
  • Attracted to paper and damp clothing


  • Destructive feeding habits
  • Can ruin papers, clothing, and wallpaper
  • Can trigger allergies and may attract other pests

Silverfish are common pests that get their name from their color and the way they move, side-to-side like a swimming fish. They are mostly harmless but can cause some destruction due to their eating habits. They prefer dark, damp areas and are most often brought indoors by the homeowners themselves.

Silverfish Habitat

Silverfish are attracted to damp, dark areas such as basements, attics, kitchens, and bathrooms, but can thrive in almost any environment. They are often brought indoors unknowingly by the homeowners and can spread quickly given the right conditions.

Silverfish Habits and Dangers

These creatures prefer to feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches, such as dried meat, cereal grains, dead insects, and even other Silverfish. Additionally, they do consume synthetic fabrics and also love paper and clothing. In large numbers, Silverfish can do great damage to books and other paper products which makes them a particularly irritating pest for museums and libraries. Because they hide from humans, an infestation is hard to find, and the damage can go undetected for a long time.

What to do if you have a Silverfish infestation

Signs of a Silverfish infestation are hard to notice until lots of damage has been done. Because they like to feed on book bindings, paper, and glue they are often found in books. If you think you have an infestation of Silverfish, give The Bug Man and Queen Bee a call! Our friendly office staff will help determine the issue and give you a quote right over the phone. Once on the schedule, our knowledgeable technicians will use a variety of techniques to rid your house of the pest in a safe and efficient manner. We are family-owned and locally operated and take great pride in meeting, and exceeding, our Milwaukee area customers’ expectations. Call or email The Bug Man and Queen Bee to learn more about our Silverfish pest control services!