General Nuisance Pests

Silverfish

(Lepisma saccharina)

Silverfish
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Silverfish are always wingless and are silvery to brown in color because their bodies are covered with fine scales. They are generally soft bodied. Adults are up to 3/4 inch long, flattened from top to bottom, elongated and oval in shape.
Eggs are deposited singly or in small groups in cracks and crevices and hatch in 3 to weeks. Silverfish develop from egg too young to adult within 4 to 6 weeks and continue to molt throughout their life. They are long-lived, surviving from two to eight years.
They are a nuisance pest inside the home or buildings; can contaminate food, damage paper goods and stain clothing.