These pests like to eat paper, glue, starch, and textiles. Silverfish will feed on wall paper, and are often found in books or cardboard packaging. They are nocturnal and flee from light. They are silvery-white, cone-shaped, and ¾ to ½-inch long.
Prevention Tips: Silverfish are difficult to control, especially for homes with wood shake roofs. Shakes hold moisture and permit surface molds to grow. This mold serves as a food source for silverfish. In addition, silverfish often live in the soffits and behind the fascia board behind gutters. Your Alterra professional should be consulted if silverfish become a regular problem.