What insect is this?

I sometimes, rarely, stumble upon these insects, but I have no idea what they’re called. https://s20.postimg.org/oeo7h7qnx/432542.png I zoomed it up a little, he’s about half the size in reality, are they dangerous and is there something that chases them away? Maybe some smell or something…

Btw. I live in eastern Europe if that narrows the search.


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Ewww silverfish!

Well, the link works now, and yeah silverfish.

Silverfish are harmless, although they might eat your books. According to Wiki, their diet includes book bindings, carpet, clothing, coffee, dandruff, glue, hair, some paints, paper, photos, plaster, and sugar.

No, they are not dangerous. They are very common. They mainly eat sugars and starch, such as that found in in wallpaper paste, books bindings etc.

Interestingly, they are among the most primitive insects and one of the few truly wingless species.

I think pretty much any insecticide for crawling insects will get rid of them.

They sell silverfish traps online. They work better than insecticides in my experience.

My experience with silverfish is from my great-grandparents ancient house. We’d go visiting when I was a kid and when you pulled back the bed-sheets (which hadn’t been changed since we were there last year) there would always be silverfish.

Incidentally, it’s hard to tell from the photo, but I actually think this might be a firebrat rather than a silverfish. They’re pretty similar though.