You may encounter silverfish when you are moving in or out of a home.

Identification

  • Slender in size about 1/2 inch
  • 2 long antennae on the head and 3 long cerci at the rear

Environment

  • Fast moving insects
  • Generally associated with paper or cardboard
  • Usually found when books and other materials are packed up for moving
  • Eat glue from the binding of books and within the corrugation of cardboard
  • Reproduce in or near moist, damp areas such as a basement or in proximity to a bathroom or shower
  • Females lay up to 3 eggs per day
  • Populations grow quickly and consist of many immature nymphs
  • Prefer damp, musty areas

Threats

  • Usually found when books and other materials are packed up for moving
  • Eats glue from the binding of books and within the corrugation of cardboard

Treatment

  • Dusts within wall voids and likely breeding sites

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