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Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina)

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Order: Zygentoma
Family: Lepismatidae
Genus: Lepisma (leh-PIZ-ma) (Info)
Species: saccharina (sak-ar-EYE-na) (Info)

Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Maricopa, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Booneville, Arkansas
El Granada, California
Menifee, California
Delmar, Delaware
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Haverhill, Florida
Molino, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Yeehaw Junction, Florida
Canton, Georgia
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
East Kingston, New York
West Islip, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Day Heights, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Summerville, South Carolina
Cinco Ranch, Texas
Houston, Texas
Kerrville, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Plano, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas
Redmond, Washington
Appleton, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

By Floridian
Thumbnail #1 of Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) by Floridian

Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Negative cici77 On Mar 30, 2007, cici77 from Banning, CA
(Zone 9b) wrote:

I HAAAAATE THESE BUGS!!!! THEY ARE SO DISGUSTING! WHEN U SQUISH THEM THEY ARE WATERY AND SLIMEY... THEY EAT STARCHES AND LINEN! SO U WILL FIND THEM UNDER UR PILLOWS , AND IN UR SHEETS! THEY ARE ALSO ATTRACTED TO WATER.. THEY NEED TO STAY HYDRATED... I HAD TO USE A CHILD AND PET SAFE POISON AND SPRAY IT AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE , AND THAT TOOK CARE OF THEM... I HATE HATE HATE THEM!!!!!! YUCK!


updated 2009 ,
we also had to get a pesticide company, and now we have NONE!!!!! we had them so bad they would drop out of the air conditioning vents!!! on ur back if the chair was near the vent , or on the bed or on my babies diapers... if things were placed too close to the vents! they crawled up my outside vents into my air conditioner for the condication, and ended up in the ducting (sp?) .. and whhhaaalaaa down our vents, on our backs , beds , baby ..still just gross!!! i STILL HATE THEM!

Negative vossner On Jul 18, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a) wrote:

Since we have a regular pest control program, they're not as bad. But I still find one in the linen closet every now and then, particularly when humidity is very high.

Haven't actually seen any damage to my linens.

Neutral turbohavana On Sep 4, 2007, turbohavana from Redmond, WA wrote:

Haven't actually seen any damage caused by them, and haven't seen a ton of them anyway. They show up on the bathroom floor or in the tub sometimes. If my cats don't take care of them first I usually scoop them up and throw them outside.

I've seen traps for them that are pesticide free and work like sticky spider traps. Those might be good for people to try who have a real problem with them.

Neutral themikeman On Feb 24, 2011, themikeman from Concord, NC
(Zone 7a) wrote:

I kind of like these bugs but then again ive only seen them half a dozen times, and never have had an infestation of them. I had seen these as a kid in upstate new york once in some old newspapers in my garage, i also had rolly pollys or cellar bugs as we called them in the backyard near the garage, which are a actually a kind of wood lice, which are also lothed by most people like silverfish, but i like these and the silver fish and also daddy long legs spiders as they remind me of my childhood. i think silver fish are really neat looking.

Timer: 9.88 jiffies (0.098773002624512).


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