I hope the picture is clear enough, I've found a worm like insect like the one below a little while ago in my shower, and today I found another one. I've never seen something like this. I would say it is slightly bigger than a centimeter.

Location: Netherlands enter image description here Why do they come in my shower ?


It is a species of silverfish such as Ctenolepisma longicaudata or Lepisma saccharina for examples (thanks @RHA for correction in comments).

Silvefish are well known very resistant pest typically found in washrooms and sometimes in kitchens. They are not directly dangerous but can cause property damage. Here is a webpage giving advice on how to get rid of them

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  • $\begingroup$ It might be a silverfish or a paperfish. And getting rid of them is, at least in the Dutch climate, virtually impossible. I speak from expierence here. Unless maybe, if you convince all your neighbours to do the same... $\endgroup$ – RHA Aug 6 '18 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ What is a paperfish? I could not find a wikipedia entry for paperfish except for a fish species. Yes, silverfish are really resistant and it can be really hard to get rid of them esp. in apartment building. $\endgroup$ – Remi.b Aug 6 '18 at 19:58
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    $\begingroup$ Sorry. It is Ctenolepisma longicaudata, called gray silverfish in English. Paperfish is my bad translation of the Dutch 'papiervisje'. It eats books... $\endgroup$ – RHA Aug 6 '18 at 20:04

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