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Silverfish are pests of paper products and prefer food containing
starch such as the glue found in book bindings and photographs.
Silverfish are found throughout the United States and the world. They
are the traditional nemesis of librarians.
Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) have inhabited the earth
for over 300 million years. These hardy insects live in areas with
mild temperatures and high humidity, such as damp storage rooms,
bathrooms and basements. Silver fish are silver in color, grow to
about 1/2 inch in length and lay thier eggs in cracks and crevices.
These light-shy, nimble and wingless insects live for up to four
years. Silver fish generally cause trouble in large quantities.
|The Silverfish is also the official newsletter of the
Association of Library & Information Science Students (ALISS) at
the University of Washington. It is published monthly by the
students of the Information School and covers issues including
fieldwork experiences, conferences, student organizations, and
quality of life issues for students. The Silverfish is actively
seeking contributions including articles, artwork, poetry and short
stories. If you are interested in contributing or have an idea for a
piece, please contact Katy Shaw