Silverfish is a wingless insect, which is gray in colour and is 2.5cm long (body length). It has fishlike tapered body shape, six legs and pair of long antennae.
The female silverfish lays up to 100 eggs in her life time. Eggs take between one and two months to hatch. And it takes from three to twenty-four months for nymphs to grow into adults. The silverfish can live up to five years.
The silverfish are active at night time. They prefer warm, humid areas, and can be found in the basement or bathroom areas of buildings. They can be found also near books, documents and inside the storage areas as well.
Silverfish feed on human foods, paper, and glue, which they prefer to the flour containing foods.
Boric acid should be spread thinly in areas where silverfish are active. Dusts and powder formulations should be applied only in cracks, crevices, attics.