E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Lepisma saccharina Linnaeus, 1758
Family: Lepismatidae
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Distribution of Lepisma saccharina in British Columbia
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Silverfish are silvery-coloured wingless insect pests in the Bristletail order of insects (Order Thysanura). They are harmless to humans and feed on carbohydrates such as cereals, books, papers, wallpaper, and other starchy items. They prefer prefer damp and cool places, such as basements, attics, garages, laundry rooms, closets, and storage areas with boxes and/or books.

Silverfish have silvery-metallic scales covering their body and have antennae as long as their body; they can grow to 12 mm in length (head to tip of abdomen). They are reported to live for more than three years and can have more than 50 offspring.

Control can be achieved through a combination of sanitation, de-humidification, habitat modification, and insecticides. Be sure to keep food sealed and in airtight containers, vacuum carpets and upholstery frequently, keep walls and cracks sealed to prevent access, and contact a pest control company for assistance in control.

Note Author: Rose Klinkenberg

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-06-17 10:06:21 AM]
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