What Are Silverfish and Can They Hurt You

What are Silverfish?

Silverfish or Solifugae (Spanish: solífuga) are small arthropods with two pairs of legs, antennae and eight eyes arranged in rows along their bodies. Their name comes from the Latin word “sol” meaning “stone”, and “fugu” meaning “bug”. There are many kinds of silverfish including the common house spider, carpet beetle, paper wasp, grasshopper ant and other species. Most species have only one pair of legs, but some have four pairs.

Silverfish are not insects, they are arachnids. Arachnids belong to the order Coleoptera, which includes spiders and scorpions among others. All members of this group have six segments (caudal/medial), although there are several suborders within it such as the true bugs (order Hemiptera). Some insects lack any limbs at all.

The most well known arachnid is the black widow spider, which is found worldwide. Other well-known arachnids include the brown recluse and redback spiders. These are just three of thousands of different types of insects and arachns that make up this amazing group!

How Do I Get Rid Of Silverfish?

There are several methods to get rid of silverfish, but none work 100% effectively. The most common way to get rid of silverfish is to set up a little bait trap. Take a small Tupperwear container and fill it up 1/4 of the way with table sugar. Next, add a drop of detergent (dishwashing liquid). Finally, poke a few holes into the container. The silverfish will be attracted to the sweet taste of the sugar, but they won’t be able to escape the container because of the holes you’ve made. For best results, put the container in a location where you’ve noticed a lot of silverfish activity.

What is Silverfish Allergy?

Silverfish allergy is caused by an allergic reaction to the bite of a silverfish. Silverfish are small arthropods that measure roughly 1-2 inches in length. They have three distinct colors: gray, black and reddish brown. They are nocturnal creatures that typically hide under furniture during the day.

Sources & references used in this article:

Silver-Fish in the Plumbing by G Lanning – 1961 – JSTOR

Creepy Crawly Critter Control: Managing the Multi-Legged in Medical Libraries by M Schott – Journal of Hospital Librarianship, 2003 – Taylor & Francis

The Evidence by EMYFT BUGS’ARE – Citeseer

Apex hides the hurt by C Whitehead – 2007 – books.google.com

Insect pests and integrated pest management in museums, libraries and historic buildings by P Querner – Insects, 2015 – mdpi.com