What bug has a small gray body and three antennas?
Question: Recently, I have had a small problem with a weird-looking insect that I have never seen before. It’s small and seems to congregate under wood such as plywood.
It has a slender, gray body that is broader at the head and tapers down towards the end; it also has three antennas.
Would you be able to tell me what this bug is?
ANSWER From your description, I think it may be silverfish or a closely related species. With a specimen the identification would be conclusive.
Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) are often found around the home. They have probably found a food source under the plywood. Silverfish also like moist areas. Their preferred diet is sugars and starches, so they can damage books and documents.
Contact your a qualified Orkin Pest Specialist to conduct a thorough inspection of your home. They can make recommendations on ways to reduce their food sources and moisture, and develop a customized treatment strategy to rid your home of these insects.
The Orkin Man used the information above to also answer the following questions submitted by Orkin.com users:
Question: I have seen really slender, flattened body, grayish bugs in the bathrooms. They move really quickly to hide under the sideboard. I looked up the silverfish, and it looks like the silverfish but this bug did not have any back or front antennas.
ANSWER :Well, maybe you didn’t see the antennae. But, I’m fairly certain these were silverfish.
Question: I have this flat, grayish bug that I keep finding in my bedroom. It is very fast, and it has two antennae. I’m trying to find out what it is, and if its harmful because I have a new baby.
Answer: Silverfish don’t carry any disease organisms, and they don’t bite.
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