Silverfish feed on mold, fungi and carbohydrates (such as sugars, starch or cellulose).
This means that your food (especially dry foods), clothes, shampoos, soaps, books, wallpaper, plants and many other things are in danger.
Though the insects may be found almost anywhere, they prefer dark, moist, moderate temperature areas (60-80 degrees Fahrenheit) and places with good sources of food. Unless the food is gone, they remain close to its supply.
The usual silverfish habitats are: bathrooms kitchens laundry rooms attics basements They are commonly found in/under sinks, bathtubs, in storage boxes, bookcases, old stacks of papers (magazines, newspapers, etc.), on closet shelves, behind wallpaper, wall voids, window or door frames, and baseboards. The bugs just love the taste of starch in book bindings, paper on which there’s glue or paste, various fabrics, bathroom products, cereals, flour, crumbs and plant materials.
A book that has been damaged by Silverfish
Silverfish reproduce very quickly
Most often, homeowners detect silverfish when they find one on the floor or in a sink or bathtub. Their feeding damage also can indicate their presence, along with their tiny pepperlike feces.
Silverfish are nocturnal and move very quickly. They are secretive, and the severity of an infestation may go unnoticed for long periods of time, allowing for exponential growth. Silverfish reproduce quickly.
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