This is the first installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you have a freaky looking bug in your house that bears a slight resemblance to the
aliens in the movie Men In Black, then you might have silverfish. They’re quite common in Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida for that matter. This bug has also been described as looking fish-like (obviously!) or like a very small, skinny, gray cockroach with a tapered end. Their coloration changes as they age; they start out white, but look silvery as they age because of the scales on their bodies. They are less than an inch long.
You also might realize that nasty bug is a silverfish based on where you find it in your house. Silverfish can digest cellulose, meaning that a cardboard box full of old books in the attic is a prime spot to find them. They also like flour, dry pasta and boxes of cereal.
Florida homes – as well as those in other parts of the southern U.S. – are especially vulnerable to these pests, because they like the warm weather and high humidity.
To prevent silverfish from getting a foothold in your house, use the following tips: