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Silverfish get their name from their slender bodies, which are covered with shiny silver scales. These insects have six legs and no wings. They also have two long antennae on the head and three slender bristles extending from the rear.
Detection and prevention
Silverfish will seek out dark, cool and humid places where they can hide. Not surprisingly, they are most commonly found in bathrooms, basements or in kitchens. They like to settle under sinks, near bookcases and in closets, as well as behind baseboards, door and window frames, and inside walls.
To check if you have silverfish, set out sticky traps usually used for cockroaches or place a mixture of water and flour on a piece of cardboard to try and attract them. These insects can damage paper and cardboard and will leave tiny, irregular holes – like a lace pattern – in their wake. Keeping inside humidity levels low and maintaining good cleanliness in the home will help prevent their appearance.