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Silverfish are a relatively harmless pest and are often classified as a nuisance, since they can be difficult to remove if the population has grown large and an infestation can cause damage like little holes in fabrics around your home. The signs of a silverfish infestation can take a while to appear, given their size and nocturnal habits. If you begin to notice signs of silverfish, seek reliable pest control in Sugar Land with All-Safe Pest and Termite. 

a silverfish crawling on wood

Silverfish: What Are They?

Silverfish are tiny insects that grow no larger than an inch and inhabit moist, humid areas such as basements, bathrooms, and attics. Silverfish have metallic scales, like fish, covering their bodies and three bristle-like tails used to make a wriggle-like motion to move, as if swimming in water. Surprisingly, silverfish can move quite fast and are also able to climb, allowing them easy access to packaged foods in pantries and cabinets. Given that they have no wings, climbing abilities are essential in their search for food. However, they can survive for weeks without food and months without water.

 

Silverfish are nocturnal and evade humans by sleeping in tiny cracks and crevices. At night, they seek out cardboard, paper, and books but will eat their dead or injured too. The best way to handle a silverfish infestation is to contact All-Safe Pest & Termite for effective silverfish control.

Are Silverfish Harmful?

Silverfish don't present many dangers to humans since they don't bite or spread diseases. Unlike many insects that invade unsanitary places, silverfish infest products containing cellulose. However, they can cause property damage to items around your home or office.

 

Factors that attract silverfish include:

  • Packaged goods
  • Grains
  • Flour
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Books

Shake roofs are also a potential hotspot for breeding sites since they collect water, insects, and cellulose. They're a good way for silverfish to access your home through insulation. Silverfish can also cause damage to wallpaper, clothing, and upholstery by chewing little holes in them. Contacting a pest control company is the surest way to remove silverfish from your Sugar Land home.

Five Naturally Effective Silverfish Prevention Tips

The easiest way to waste time and energy when dealing with silverfish is with DIY hacks that involve pungent scents and constructing homemade traps involving glass and tape. However, you can play a huge role in preventing silverfish from entering your home.

 

Follow these five effective silverfish prevention tips to help deter their attraction to your home:

  1. Remove water sources such as leaky pipes and maintain gutters to prevent debris buildup.
  2. Secure weatherstripping on windows and doors, repair door trims, and caulk holes and crevices around your home.
  3. Remove debris and decaying wood from your property and rake leaves when necessary.
  4. Remove packaged, dried goods from cardboard or paper containers and restock them in air-tight containers.
  5. For storage in basements and attics, use plastic bins with locking lids instead of cardboard boxes.

Your final step should be contacting All-Safe Pest & Termite in Sugar Land for silverfish removal.

How Do I Get Rid Of Silverfish?

At All-Safe Pest & Termite, we promise fast response times to your pest control emergency and implement advanced solutions to remove silverfish from your home. Our methods mean that these pests are gone for good, so you can relax and enjoy your pest-free home. Partnering with us means silverfish stay out of your Sugar Land home and away from your property. Contact us to receive a free estimate and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Sugar Land.

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