Silverfish

image of silverfish

Order Thysanura

Appearance
  • About 1/4 inch - 1/2 inch long
  • Look like little little scorpions from above
  • Gray or silver -colored
  • Three strands extend from rear.
Diet
  • They love paste or starch, glue
  • Paper products
  • Clothing with starch coatings.
Habits
  • Nocturnal
  • Fast runners
  • Can jump
  • Normally located near excessive humidity
  • Are attracted to paper, wallpaper, infrequently used books and/or paper products that have a high starch content.
Reproduction
  • 60-80 day reproductive cycle
  • Lay about 45 eggs per batch
  • Live 2 - 3 1/2 years or longer.
Other Information
  • Found in most city buildings, living in wall voids
  • Enter apartments through pipe chases.