The silverfish gets its name from its color and fishlike movement. Their diet consists of carbohydrates, such as sugars and starches. They often inhabit dark or damp areas, such as kitchen cupboards, sinks, and tubs, but they can also inhabit old books and newspaper stacks, however they can be found anywhere in homes.
They consume carbohydrates, starches, or polysaccharides, including glue, book bindings, paper, photos, sugar, hair, and dandruff.
Because they can eat glue and book bindings, they can cause damage to books, and textiles.