Silverfish prefer materials high in carbohydrates and protein, usually of plant origin, such as paper, wallpaper, book bindings, cereal grains and dried meat.
They can be found in dark places, outdoors in hidden locations like tree bark and rocks, and indoors in attics, basements, walls, closets and storage rooms.
Their physiology allows them to absorb water from the atmosphere and can therefore survive dry conditions more readily than other coastal insect species.
They are long lived insects; silverfish can live for approximately six years. Because of these long life spans it is important to take care of the problem as soon as it is discovered.