Appearance: Wingless, teardrop-shaped and soft-bodied. They are flat, elongated and oval-shaped, with three long tail-like projections at the end of the abdomen and two long antennae
Size: 0.5 to 0.75 inches
Name: Its name derives from the animal’s silvery light gray and blue color, combined with the fish-like appearance of its movements. Its scientific name (Lepisma saccharina) indicates the silverfish’s diet of sugar and starches.
Silverfish are nocturnal, fast-moving, secretive, and reproduce quickly. These qualities can allow an infestation to happen unnoticed for long periods of time and can grow exponentially.
A house-dwelling insect, the Lepisma saccharina, more commonly known as the Silverfish or bristletail, derives its name from several characteristics such as its silver/gray exoskeleton and fish-like habit of moving at a rapid pace, interspersed with short intervals of stopping or pausing.