Silverfish are bugs we don’t hear that much about, but not one we want to have in our homes. They are not as well known as the mosquitoes or cockroaches, and they don’t transmit disease like rats or fleas, but they are very destructive pests.
Their diet includes things like book bindings, carpet, glue, paper, photos, plaster, sugar and clothing. In short, they can make a meal out of most anything. In times of famine they have been known to attack leather and synthetic fabrics. And, strangest of all, they can live for a year or more without eating.
They are quite long-lived for insects, their lifespan is two to eight years. They are quick too, can outrun predators like spiders and centipedes, which probably explains how they can live for up to eight years. However, they don’t have appendages which would allow them to climb vertically, so you won’t see them climbing walls.
Silverfish don’t seem to be a particularly horrible pest. They don’t sting, bite, fly, carry disease or create massive invasions. However, they are very destructive to property. Can you imagine what would happen to an old book, perhaps a first edition of some classic, with a silverfish stationed inside eating everything from the binding and glue to the paper it was printed on? For eight years!? You may return to it and find nothing but dust. Not good.
One do-it-yourself treatment involves using cinnamon as a repellent, but that is as far as that goes, it doesn’t kill the silverfish. And it certainly doesn’t kill the eggs.
No, this is one best left to the professionals. Call your pest control expert as soon as you see silverfish or the evidence that they are present. They can take care of the problem and leave your home, book shelves and valuables, silverfish, and all other pests, free.