While there are many pests you might come across in your home, you’re likely more familiar with some of them than others. Pests like spiders, ants, and flies are common, but there are other Dallas pests that are common, but you might not know much about them.
Silverfish are pests you might have questions about. What do they look like? Are they dangerous? How can they be prevented? While some pests can do a great deal of property damage or pose significant health risks to humans, others are relatively harmless and considered nuisance pests. Let's find out which category silverfish fit into.
Silverish are nuisance pests that don’t pose any real health risks to humans and that can only do minimal damage to property. One of the worst things about silverish is their appearance. However, despite their name, they don’t actually look like fish. They look more like strange prehistoric creatures. If you're not sure what silverfish look like, here is how to identify them:
- They are most often silver, but they can be a brown color.
- They are oval-shaped, but they get skinnier near the bottom of their bodies.
- They have long antennae as well as feelers at the ends of their bodies.
Are Silverfish Dangerous?
If you come across silverfish in your Dallas home, you will likely be caught off-guard because of the way they look. But there usually isn’t much cause for concern. You don’t have to worry about them biting you, stinging you, or spreading diseases.
The only concern with silverfish is that they can damage belongings. They sometimes chew on things like books, wallpaper, or cereals. However, they don’t do significant damage to property the way termites do. In some cases, they could get into food and contaminate it. In these cases, the food would need to be thrown out.
How To Prevent Silverfish
While silverfish are mostly harmless, this doesn’t mean you want them in your home. They are unpleasant to have around because of their appearance. It is important to do what you can to keep them out. Here are some prevention steps you can take to help do just that:
- Inspect boxes and secondhand books before you bring them into your home.
- Reduce the humidity in your house by using dehumidifiers.
- Repair leaky pipes and faucets to lower the humidity.
- Keep old books and other papers stored securely and away from basements, attics, and garages.
- Contact pest control professionals for more advice on how to protect your home from silverfish.
Getting Rid Of A Silverfish Infestation
Trying to get rid of silverfish problems on your own isn’t advisable because it can often involve pesticides, and some of these can be unsafe for your family and pets. The best way to get control over silverish problems is to contact the pest control professionals at All-Safe Pest & Termite. We provide eco-friendly, safe, and effective pest control services for homes and businesses in the Dallas area. Contact us today to learn more.