The Lapisma saccharinum, commonly known as Silverfish, are nocturnal pests that prefer to live in warm, humid environments.
The common silverfish is about 1/2 inch long, though they have been known to grow as long as 3/4 inch. They get their name from the shiny silver or gray scales along their body and the fin-like appendages on their tails.
Silverfish have very weak mandibles (jaws) so instead of biting, they scrape the surfaces of food sources such as cereal, pet food, book bindings, and starch in clothing. They are also known to eat lumber, wallpaper, household dust, certain fungi, and even other dead insects.
Tips to keeping your home Silverfish free!
Keep laundry rooms, bathrooms, and basements clean and dry. Silverfish rely on household dust and debris as an important food source, so routine cleaning is recommended. Patch holes or spaces around pipes and repair leaks. Adding dehumidifiers to a problem area can also discourage them.
If you would like more information on managing these pests please call Rome City Pest Contrl today at 706-676-3443.