Siverfish

 

Silverfish are mainly harmless, but they are really ugly. Silverfish are a grey or silver color and have a teardrop shaped body. They have several antennas, while they are mostly harmless to humans, they not great for your home because they can find their way into food.

 

Diet and Behavior

 

Silverfish like to eat carbohydrates, especially starches and sugars. They have been known to eat glue, shampoo, other dead insects, and dead skin cells. They can get into unopened foods.

 

Silverfish like to live in areas that are damp and dark. This makes bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and attics common homes of the silverfish. They are attracted to damp clothing and paper products. Most times people find silverfish in stored boxes and bags in their sheds or garage. Being nocturnal and fast, silverfish can go unnoticed for a long time.

 

Silverfish Infestation Signs

 

Most times, silverfish infestations are found due to one being in the sink or on the floor. They also damage items when feeding. Their pepper like feces is also a dead giveaway for silverfish in a home.

 

Silverfish Prevention

 

Since silverfish are hard to notice, mainly thanks to them being nocturnal, they can severely infest your home without you knowing. The problem is that they can reproduce quickly.

 

While they are not a huge danger to humans, silverfish are very destructive to clothing, paper, and wall coverings. Most times, silverfish are found in areas that are damp and dark that has a food source nearby. The most common areas of an infestation of silverfish are bathrooms, laundry rooms, attics, basements, and kitchens.

While they can survive in most environments, silverfish prefer areas that have high amounts of humidity. This is due to the nymphs developing faster in these areas. The best of way to prevent a silverfish infestation is to keep the humidity lower. Since their diet is varied, good housekeeping practices can help prevent an infestation, as it limits the amount of food.

 

However, if your house already is home to silverfish, you will need to hire a professional who uses a specialized method for your home. There are insecticides and traps for silverfish in stores, but these products only kill the individual insect. When you are dealing with silverfish, you have to make sure that you deal with the whole infestation. There are reports of cinnamon repelling silverfish, but the cinnamon does not kill the eggs or the insect.

 

If you have a silverfish infestation, you should hire a professional to completely remove this pest from your home. The DIY kits that you find in stores are ineffective since the infestation will return after a short time. A pest control expert assesses your situation and determines the most effective method of silverfish extermination. If you notice any signs of silverfish, contact us, and we will be happy to check your home for silverfish and other pests.