Are Silverfish Harmful?

One question that a lot of people ask themselves when they discover there is a silverfish population within their home is whether or not silverfish are harmful to them or their pets.  This article will go over silverfish and will help let you know if they are harmful or not.

First off, it is good to know that silverfish are not poisonous and they cannot bite people or pets.  Silverfish also are not predators and are a scavenger which means that they find their food source and don’t kill it.  This is good news because it means that silverfish don’t bite you and are not harmful to you.

The second thing you should know is that silverfish have not been known to carry diseases or parasites.  This is good because some bugs (such as mosquitos and other insects) can transfer diseases to people and pets.  Fortunately silverfish do not do this.

So it appears that for the most part silverfish are relatively harmless towards people, although there have been cases where people who have eaten silverfish (probably raw, don’t ask why some people do things) who have developed upset stomachs.  So as long as you don’t go around eating silverfish you should be ok.

Because of this, it seems that the only bad thing associated with these bugs is trying to get rid of silverfish.