The British Library's Collection Care Blog has an article that Dick Eastman suggests "should be required reading for anyone who cares for old books. The information applies equally to books at home or at a library, museum, or any other archive."
While many articles have been published in this newsletter and elsewhere about the damage to books by fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other disasters, the article by Christina Duffy describes a different threat that is equally damaging: insects!
If you take care of books, you should read The Bookie Monster: attack of the creepy crawlies! article at http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/collectioncare/2013/08/the-bookie-monster-attack-of-the-creepy-crawlies.html.
Name: Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina)
Likes to eat: Paper
Silverfish (or fish moths) are nocturnal wingless scaly insects (10-15 mm) associated with damp conditions and require a localised humidity above 70-80%. They are named in light of their silvery exterior and slithery fish-like movements.
Figure 2: The silverfish is a primitive insect with three bristles called cerci at the tail end where the abdomen tapers. Copyright Aiwok