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Silverfish love a good old book, a warm fire, and a nice piece of bread, just like most people.
These little creatures can be found near the dark, warm places of the home (ovens, furnaces, fireplaces, bed, clothes dryer). They have a very unique tapered shape and have a low profile. An important feature used for identifying a Silverfish besides its silver-gray color is the trio of thread-like tails found at tip of the abdomen.
Silverfish are drawn to dry starchy substances commonly found in pantries. The glue that binds old book pages together is also appetizing to a Silverfish. This explains why they might also be found between the pages of old books, or running around libraries: the printing material used in these items is a food source. Amazingly, Silverfish can live for months without eating. They are harmless to humans, though their presence is usually considered a nuisance.
Silverfish bodies are covered with flexible and slippery scales that protect the insect from capture from larger insects such as spiders. This body covering also allows them to neatly fit within the binding edge of a closed book and feed on the paste. Another interesting facet regarding Silverfish is the long time it takes for them to reach maturity. Southern Silverfish grow into adulthood in 24 months, and Northern-based Silverfish take longer.
Scientific Name: Lepisma saccharina
Other Name(s): Fishmoth
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 12mm (0.39in to 0.47in)
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