Silverfish are a common household Pests that get their name from their similar looks to fish. They live in dark, humid locations such as basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms. These Insects are nocturnal so for the most part you will only see them at night.
A Fire Brat is slightly different but of the same mold and habits.
Silverfish are about 1/2” and silvery blue in color with a hard Exoskeleton. They look somewhat like fish. They have two long antennae on their head and three prominent tails on their thorax or rear.
Silverfish are not dangerous to people but they can destroy books, paper and some types of garments. Their diet consists of high starch foods found in the pantry as well as the glue in the packaging of these items. These Bugs can also destroy books and paper products by eating the glue holding the bindings together. Silverfish and Firebrats especially like the glue behind wall paper. Most damage caused by Silverfish is from their very acidic feces.
The main sign is visual usually at night and they are very fast. These Insects can be found almost anywhere, they prefer dark, moist and temperatures around 60-80 degrees. They can be found in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, attics, and basements. They can also be found in cardboard boxes, bookcases, old magazines, on closet shelves, kitchen pantry, behind wallpaper and baseboards. Damage is small different shaped holes making an item look almost worn and threadbare.
Silverfish Control is not easy to accomplish, since they can be in so many different dark, protected places from the attic through the basement, inside boxes and even behind exterior siding. Their diet can place them in the pantry, clothes closet, any room with wall paper and even the attic where there is paperback insulation and glues. They also reproduce very quickly and have a long life. They are nocturnal so you don't see them often. And they are very fast. Control will probably only come from a Professional Exterminator with a lot of Silverfish Experience like Rob Sullivan of Cobra Pest Control.
Silverfish may have come in with the construction materials on a new home or remodeling materials on a refurbished home. You may have even brought them home from the grocery store. Silverfish are strictly indoor Pests.