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Silverfish

A Silverfish.
A Silverfish.
A Silverfish.

Silverfish are small, wingless insect and the majority of species are covered in tiny scales. In their natural habitat they live in soil, under rotting logs or bark and in leaf litter. They are nocturnal, so they rest during the day and go in hunt of food at night. They are omnivorous but prefer materials that are of vegetable origin. There are 5 different species of silverfish which are a problem in Australia. They infiltrate buildings, usually living in areas such as basements and attics, and feast on often causing noticeable damage to books, paper and clothing. Silverfish infestations while mostly occurring in residential areas, can also be a problem in office environments.