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While some pests can cause health risks to humans and others can do property damage, there are many that are mostly just a nuisance.
The silverfish is a pest that’s generally considered a nuisance pest, but they can do minimal damage to property. One of the worst things about these insects is how they look. While the name might suggest that they look like fish, they really look more similar to an insect or prehistoric water creature. Since there are many different kinds of pests, being able to identify which is which can be really helpful. This is what a silverfish looks like:

  • They are usually a silver color but can be brown.
  • They have a long oval shape that gets skinnier near the bottom.
  • They have long antennae on their heads as well as feelers that come out of the bottom of their bodies.


Overall, silverfish are just a nuisance. They are a rather gross-looking pest that can look scarier than they actually are. While they don’t pose much of a threat to humans as far as health is concerned, they can do some property damage. They mainly damage property as they chew through things. This usually impacts clothing, paper, wallpaper, and books. So, they can end up costing you money to replace certain items and can be particularly troublesome if they get into treasured books or important documents. Silverfish can get indoors from cardboard books or infested books from somewhere else and can breed quickly.


Because of the fact that these insects can damage your property and belongings, keeping them out of your belongings is important. While no DIY pest prevention method is completely effective, there are some steps you can take to avoid getting silverfish in your home.

  1. The best way to prevent silverfish from getting inside your Pittsburgh home is to inspect things like boxes and secondhand books before you bring them inside.
  2. You can also reduce humidity in your home by using humidifiers, repairing leaky pipes, and getting rid of mold as silverfish are attracted to a moist environment.
  3. Lastly, you can keep things like old books and other papers away from areas like basements, attics, and garages.

Prevention can help reduce your risk of getting a silverfish infestation, but it isn’t always completely effective. If you do find yourself dealing with an infestation, the best thing to do is contact the professionals.


Getting rid of silverfish can be difficult to do on your own because it often requires the use of pesticides. The best and safest way to get rid of these pests is to contact the professionals at Witt Pest Management. We are Pittsburgh’s oldest pest control company and we can safely and effectively remove and prevent silverfish, along with many other pests.

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