The silverfish is an ancient insect that has been around for hundreds of millions of years. They are also known as carpet sharks or fishmoths. They live in moist areas of natural environments.
In order to survive, silverfish eat starches, carbohydrates, and protein. These insects need moisture and are nocturnal. Their antennae are long, and the body is flat, with small legs.
Silverfish live in damp areas, and prefer dark, high-humidity areas. If you have a basement, attic, or other moist, dark place, silverfish may live there.
Silverfish are able to enter homes through cracks and other places, such as cardboard boxes, and can be especially damaging to books, clothing, and other items. However, you can prevent them from entering by keeping things clean and dry.
Aside from destroying your belongings, silverfish can contaminate food. In addition, they leave black flecks on clothes, paper, and fabrics.
Silverfish feed on a variety of foods, including starches, flour, dried goods, and food scraps. They also eat dead insects, dandruff, wallpaper, and fabric.
Female silverfish can live for up to eight years. They lay eggs, which hatch in three to six weeks.
To avoid these creatures, you should store paper products in plastic tubs. You should also vacuum your house. Vacuuming is the fastest way to get rid of them.
If you have an infestation, you can use a sticky survey trap to find the entry point. Use a barrier made of chalk to keep silverfish from climbing to equipment or other items.