Silverfish in Kansas
Silverfish are a household pest because they can be destructive to property and can contaminate food with their body scales and droppings.
They are an insect that is considered a nuisance and hard to detect.
Silverfish are nocturnal. Though they can be found almost anywhere in a house they prefer moist, humid areas, such as bathrooms and basements near humid areas.
They are usually found living close to a source of food. They do eat a wide variety of foods, most of which can be found in any house. They eat food containing proteins and carbohydrates such as paper items, glue, clothing, flour and rolled oats.
They get their name from their silvery light grey/blue color and their fish like shape and movements. They are about 13–25 mm (0.5–1 in) long, elongated and oval with six legs. They have three long appendages at the tip or rear of their abdomen, one at the end and one to the right and left. They have long antennas, are wingless but are able to run very fast.
If you start to notice tell-tale damage to stored clothing or books, a thorough inspection may be required.
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