Silverfish

Name: Silverfish
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Thysanura
Family: Lepismatidae
Genus: Lepisma
Species: L. saccharina

Habitat:
Silverfish look for dark, humid and cool places where they can hide; usually in bathrooms, basements or kitchens. Silverfish can be found under sinks, near bookcases, closets, door or window frames or inside walls.

Food:
Silverfish are scavengers. Once silverfish discover a source of food, they do not venture very far away from it. They feed on starch, such as the gum used to bind books, wallpaper, glossy pages, some types of clothing or curtains (cotton, linen, silk, rayon). They also will feed on cellulose that they find in cracks of houses, as well as grain and dried meat or dead insects. However, silverfish can go without food for several months.
Method of Travel:
Crawling, jumping, wiggling motion

Prevention:
1. Be careful when bringing home boxes that have been stored in a humid basement.
2. Repair any leaky faucets or pipes and try to minimize condensation.
3. Monitor humidity levels in the home regularly
4. Seal up openings that would provide shelter or a hiding place for eggs.
5. Vacuum the bathroom regularly, especially if cosmetic powders are used.
6. Regularly clean around and behind appliances and machinery, inside cupboards, drawers and pantries and keep countertops clean.
Steps to control:
1. Control the humidity in a room by ventilating or installing a dehumidifier.
2. Keeping lights on in rooms will discourage silverfish.
3. Good, long lasting, low-toxic methods of insect control can be done with Knock Down Crawling Insect Killer or other Knock Down products listed below.

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