Fish Moth Pest Control and important fish moth information. Fishmoths fall within two families, the Lepismatidae and the Nicoletiidae. The former family contains the most familiar-looking species and these have compound eyes.

Ctenolepisma longicaudata is the most common species found in homes where it consumes paper, glue of bindings, starched clothing and any dry foods. This species was introduced to South Africa prior to 1900. The nicoletiids are only found in ant and termite nests and have no eyes.

Capable of thriving in most climates, silverfish prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens and bathrooms. They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing. Commonly found in stored boxes in garages and sheds.

Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits, oftentimes ruining papers, clothing and wallpaper. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. Cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk and dead insects may be food sources. They have been found in unopened food packages.


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