The silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) is a quick, photophobic and wingless insect that got its name from its silver-grey, streamlined body. Its scientific name is attributable to its predilection for carbohydrates such as sugar or starch. Its body without appendages is around one centimetre in length.
Silverfish live in moist, warm climates in the dark, preferably in kitchens or bathrooms. Silverfish live off starchy foods such as flour and bread, but they also eat cellulose (paper).
Feeding damage on food and valuable papers such as stamp collections and on textiles and leather goods.
Occasional vigorous cooling down of the apartment.
Seal hollow areas, cracks in the walls, crevices, joints and other hiding places.
Good ventilation to avoid moisture in living and cellar rooms.