(Lepisma saccharina) - Carrot shaped body, long antennae, wingless, approximately
12mm in length, usually whitish, grey or brownish. Adult stage
occurs throughout the year. Silverfish tend to look for hiding places
to nest. If discovered they dart towards another hidden space.
Silverfish graze on the open surfaces of books because it
is usually too large to fit in a compressed textblock. They
have strong mouth parts, thus will sit on the paper’s
surface to graze. Small hemispherical bites on the edge of
would also be a tell tale sign of silverfish damage. Silverfish
also leave fine pellets that appear to look like minuscule
mouse droppings under magnification, though may be too small
on a open book.
Another species, the Four-lined Silverfish, damages fabrics
and paper to a greater degree than the regular Silverfish.
Bedbugs | Beetles | Book
Louse | Cockroaches | Fleas | Mice & Rats | Mites | Silverfish | Termites