Silverfish

What do silverfish look like?

Silverfish can be identified by their elongated teardrop-shaped body, which is covered in bluish-brown scales. Silverfish do not have wings, but they do have antennae and three very long bristle-like appendages that extend off their back end. Silverfish are also commonly identified by the fish-like manner in which they move across the floor.

silverfish in homeWhere do silverfish nest?

Silverfish prefer to create their nests in moist, humid areas, which is why they can be found invading places such as basements, attics, kitchens, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. Silverfish do not hibernate during the winter months, this means that they can be a problem inside homes all year-long. Silverfish are nocturnal and remain in their nesting spots during the day, emerging at night to feed.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish have become a problem inside your home because it provides the shelter and food sources they need to survive. Silverfish feed on anything that contains starch or polysaccharides, things such as sugar, book bindings, wallpaper glue, paper, human hair, and dandruff. These are all things, which are commonly found inside homes. Homes that have high humidity levels in basements and other areas are likely to have problems with silverfish.

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish pose no real danger to people. They don’t bite or sting. However, they do pose a threat to personal belongings. Silverfish can cause damage to clothing, upholstery, wallpaper, books, pictures, paper goods, and can also be responsible for contaminating food sources.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

The best way to find and eliminate silverfish hiding throughout your home is to contact a professional. At Superior Pest Solutions, our professionals will inspect your property to accurately identify the pests, and conditions that are attracting them. Based on our findings, we’ll implement a plan of action to eliminate silverfish. For silverfish control in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Gloucester counties reach out to Superior Pest.

How do I prevent silverfish infestations?

Silverfish can be a very difficult pest to prevent, but in addition to putting into place a professional silverfish control service, the following tips can help to prevent silverfish from choosing your home to invade.

  • Reduce humidity levels inside your home through the use of dehumidifiers, air-conditioners, and ventilated fans.
  • Make sure that gutters are in good working order to direct water away from the exterior of your home.
  • Wipe out sinks and tubs after using them.
  • Regularly vacuum and dust your home.
  • Seal any cracks or gaps in your home's foundation
  • Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors to help prevent them from gaining access to your home.
 
 

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