Common in North Carolina is the silverfish – an insect that loves the taste of sweets so much, its official name is saccharina, which means “sugary.” It feeds on starchy human food, including carbohydrates and protein, and it’s that craving for sweet foods that can quickly turn silverfish into more than just a food pest.
Silverfish eggs are so small they resemble dust. But they can grow to be as much as 25mm long, if you include the length of their antennae. They molt often, with some silverfish molting as many as 30 times. Once they become adults they move on to damp environments, where they prepare to lay eggs, feed, and lay feces that resembles pepper.
Silverfish do invade food, as do many pests attracted to sweets, and they invade coffee, which of course makes them the worst pest of all. But where silverfish become really problematic is when they eat non-food items. Silverfish are known to enjoy the taste of book bindings, glue, photo paper, and other non-food items that have a naturally sweet taste, especially as they age. This is why silverfish are best known for their property damage.
Unfortunately it can be very hard to control a silverfish infestation on your own. You can try to control the humidity, as silverfish are attracted to humid environments, but that is not always possible. Professional pest control for silverfish though does appear to be very effective, as silverfish are very sensitive to insecticides.