Although considered more of a nuisance than a true health risk, silverfish damage various types of materials found inside homes and businesses. Silverfish are aptly named based on their “fish-like” movements and their metallic and scaly bodies. The body of a silverfish is roughly half of an inch long, has a shiny silver appearance and a pair of long antennae.
Silverfish usually remain hidden in dark crevices during the daytime, where they still have access to sufficient moisture. These nocturnal creatures are most active at night and commonly cause damage to wallpaper, books, soft fabrics, and more. This is due to the silverfish diet.
The silverfish diet consists of a wide variety of items that contain sugar and carbohydrates. When indoors, they may be found rummaging through dry goods in pantries such as pasta or cookies but also will consume paper, some fabrics, glue, and more.
What Conditions Are Most Likely To Result In A Silverfish Infestation?
Silverfish are commonly seen in locations such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms near drains, air conditioners, and below sinks.
Silverfish do not hibernate, making them a potential year-round pest.
They generally avoid extreme temperatures that are too cold or hot. Getting rid of silverfish is often challenging; therefore, learning how to prevent silverfish from entering is typically encouraged.
Silverfish are drawn to areas of dampness and darkness. They will infest voids between floors and ceiling, interior walls, and other crevices that allow for remaining hidden.
How To Prevent Silverfish From Entering Your Home
Some of the best tips for preventing access and limiting silverfish damage include:
- Limiting excessive moisture is the key to limiting silverfish, which should start outdoors by clearing gutters and downspouts, repairing leaky spigots, and not overwatering lawn and garden areas.
- Indoor moisture control should involve fixing leaks, maintaining good ventilation, and using dehumidifiers when needed to limit humidity in basements and crawlspaces.
- Seal entry points including cracks in the foundation of the structure and gaps near exterior doors and windows.
- Consider storing items in durable plastic containers instead of paper bags, cardboard, or other fibrous options.
- Minimize unnecessary debris and overgrown vegetation in the areas adjacent to the home.
The Importance Of Contacting A Professional Exterminator
Too many property owners make the mistake of attempting do-it-yourself treatment options that are promoted as being a “quick and simple” solution to pest-related concerns. Many of these products such as aerosol sprays, sticky traps, and baiting stations tend to produce very minimal results that allow for pest problems to worsen as these creatures expand into adjacent areas of the structure and multiply.
Also, some of these options for getting rid of silverfish might contain harsh chemical formulas that pose health risks to humans, pets, and the local environment.
The technicians with All-Safe Pest & Termite are deeply committed to safety. We employ many of the newest products and treatment methods that have proven to be both safe and effective. We adhere to the guidelines and recommendations of the Texas Pest Control Association (TPCA) and many other advocacy groups and industry leaders.
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When you speak with All-Safe Pest & Termite, we will have an expert visit the property to complete a detailed inspection to assess the nature of the problem accurately. Our specialists receive excellent initial and ongoing training and education that better ensures positive outcomes. Keep in mind that we stand behind the quality of our work with a customer satisfaction guarantee.
We encourage you to contact us today to schedule an onsite consultation if you suspect a silverfish infestation. Remember to ask your representative about our ongoing pest protection plans that offer comprehensive treatment options and reasonable pricing.