Latin Name:Lepisma Saccharina
Size:13–25 mm (0.51–0.98 in)
Life Expectancy:1 to 3 years
Problems:Damage to items and property
Behaviour, Diet and Habits:
Silverfish are nocturnal insects, their abdomens taper at the end, giving them a fish-like appearance. The newly hatched are whitish, but develop a greyish hue and metallic shine as they get older. Silverfish consume matter that contains polysaccharides, such as starches and dextrin in adhesives. These include book bindings, carpet, clothing, coffee, dandruff, glue, hair, some paints, paper, photos, plaster, and sugar.
Silverfish are fairly abundant and are found in many areas. They can damage many items within your home including books. However, although they are responsible for the contamination of food and other types of damage, they do not transmit disease.
Minimizing Silverfish Problems:
Many different insecticides are effective at reducing silverfish within your home.
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