Did you guess the Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina)?
They are small wingless insects that are able to run very fast. They get their name from their silvery metallic color and the way the wiggle like a fish out of water. They have a prehistoric appearance, with segmented bodies and long legs and antennae.
They have long antennae and generally don’t get bigger than ¾ of an inch long.
They tend to show up inside our favorite books or on the bathroom floor in the middle of the night.
They typically live for two to eight years.
Silverfish like to eat starchy foods, and open containers of flour and other dry goods will attract them. They also love to eat paper, cardboard, glue, clothing and fabric.
Silverfish can live up to a year without food but require a high humidity environment. They move fast and are typically nocturnal. They are found throughout the U.S. and are attracted to moist, humid areas in your home such as bathrooms, basements and attics.
Mostly a nuisance because they contaminate food and damage paper goods such as wallpaper and books. Silverfish don’t bite, and they are not carriers of disease, so they aren’t a danger to you, your family, or your pets.
Silverfish eat cotton, wood, silk and rayon-based fabrics so if you find small holes in clothing or yellow stains, you probably have Silverfish in your closet and home. They are a threat to books, important papers and clothing.
How Do You Know?
You’ll find silverfish hanging out in dark and damp places. Look for tiny black droppings or empty shells from shedding their skins and you’ll know that they have invaded your home. It’s easy for the population to grow inside of your house without your realizing it.
If you start to see signs of Silverfish, call in the experts to make sure they don’t multiple and cause major damage.
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