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Silverfish Control

Silverfish have a teardrop-shaped appearance, with three long tail-like appendages on the end of the body.  They are about 1/2-3/4 inches in length, not including the tails.  Silverfish is the common name for species of this group whose bodies are covered with silvery scales.  Immature silverfish are similar in appearance to adults but smaller.  Silverfish are nocturnal and prefer to hide in cracks and crevices.  They are typically found up high in a structure, usually associated with a top floor or attic setting.  (Although with a severe infestation, they may be located throughout a home.). From the roof areas, they can then easily gain entrance into the insulation in void areas and into gib board with its glue and paper coating below.  You often find them in skylights and ceiling soffit areas as well as the canister-type light shades in a ceiling.  Silverfish are excellent climbers.  They prefer areas of high temperature and high relative humidity (70-100%).  They are often introduced into a building with cardboard boxes of books or papers after a move from a previously infested area.  They feed upon books and bookbindings, envelopes, gummed labels, wallpaper, and wallpaper pastes.  They can be serious pests for libraries and museums for these reasons.  The gray silverfish is an indoor pest and transports itself throughout a structure by using the heating and air ducts.

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