Pest Control for Fishmoths
Silverfish are nocturnal insects typically 13–25 mm long.
Silverfish are a cosmopolitan species found in Africa, the Americas, Australia, Eurasia, and other Pacific locations. They inhabit moist areas, requiring a relative humidity between 75% and 95%. They can be found in attics, basements, bathtubs, sinks, kitchens, old books, classrooms, and showers in urban areas.
Silverfish consume matter that contains polysaccharides, such as starches and dextrin in adhesives. These include book bindings, carpet, clothing, coffee, dandruff, glue, hair, paints, paper, photos, plaster, and sugar. They will damage wallpaper to consume the paste. Silverfish can also cause damage to tapestries. Other substances they may eat include cotton, dead insects, linen, silk, leftover crumbs, or even their own exuvia (moulted exoskeleton). During a famine, a silverfish may even consume leatherware and synthetic fabrics. Silverfish can live for a year or more without eating if water is available.
Silverfish are considered household pests due to their consumption and destruction of property. However, although they are responsible for the contamination of food and other types of damage, they do not transmit disease. Earwigs, house centipedes, and spiders are known to be predators of silverfish.
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