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Where do Silverfish Come From?

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Silverfish, one of the most common and notorious of all insect pests, can be incredibly difficult to get rid of. This is partly because they can seemingly appear out of thin air. No matter how many you stomp or spray with pesticides, there always seem to be more. In order to get rid of silverfish, you first have to figure out where they’re coming from. Here are a few of the most common hiding spots.

Silverfish in house

Behind The Walls

There is plenty of space inside your walls to support silverfish. They appreciate the dark and protected area. Walls are an especially appealing home if they’re getting wet from a leaky appliance or plumbing.If there is the slightest gap or space underneath your flooring, expect silverfish to crawl into it. These areas often go overlooked, especially if they’re in out of the way places. Bathroom and kitchen floors are at the highest risk because silverfish will have better access to food and water. Additionally, fallen water can warp and peel flooring, creating gaps that provide silverfish shelter.


Silverfish often crawl inside from a nearby spot outside. If there is a shady space accumulating water near your home, it’s prime silverfish territory. Make sure that the ground near your house drains well so that there’s no moisture lying around nearby. Clear up debris and scruffy brush that the insects could use for hiding in.


These bugs are infamous for their destructive hunger for books and other paper products. They can feed on the paper fiber as well as the glue binding the books together. An entire nest of silverfish can make a home on a well-stocked bookshelf. Piles of newspapers and magazines are also at risk, so be sure to prevent them from accumulating anywhere.

Beneath Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a prime target, and sometimes it doesn’t even have to be peeling. Silverfish can eat through wallpaper and sometimes do so to get at wallpaper glue. To find out more about silverfish and what you can do to get rid of them, check out the rest of our site!
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