The silverfish is a common household pest in many parts of the world. It is scaly, has a silvery sheen, and it is about half an inch long at maturity. It is active at night and hides during the day, and it prefers cool, damp situations. Individuals frequently attain an age of well over 3 years and under favorable conditions may lay an average of about 100 eggs. Immature and adult stages consume items containing carbohydrates and protein. Silverfish are primary pests of paper and paper products containing starch, dextrin, casein, gum, and glue. They will also attack leather, furs, carpets, and starched fabrics.