We all have seen them whether it’s inside your home, the garage or outside. Silverfish happen to be the most common pests found indoors, especially in the fall and winter months. These pests prefer warm and humid environments like most of coastal North Carolina. And they seem to appear more once there is a drop in the temperature. While many homeowners like to try to take care of the problem on their own, they may not get rid of them that easy. We at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators know how to get rid of them properly for you. Let’s look at why these are sneaky little pests.
You can distinguish them by their oblong shaped bodies, long antennas and they are silver in color. But don’t be fooled by their appearance because they are capable of some pretty impressive feats. They are very good at repopulating and female silverfish can lay 1-3 eggs at a time. Did you know that most silverfish can live up to 3 years of course without getting the proper treatment from your exterminator? While the eggs normally take a few months to hatch, it’s best to get them taken care of now before you have a bigger problem on your hands, an infestation.
How Sneaky Are They?
Silverfish normally will enter your home by hitchhiking a ride on cardboard boxes, books, papers and other items you may bring into your home daily. How sneaky of them indeed. Once they have made it inside your home, they will soon establish their own residency. They will look for cracks in your walls, doors and floorboards. Silverfish are nocturnal creatures, so they will be more active at night than in the day, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see them during the day.
They Are Harmful
While many thinks that Silverfish aren’t harmful, they can be so don’t be mistaken. They can cause damage to your home and clothing. You may find holes in your furniture, books, clothing, and wallpaper. And if they are turned loose in your pantry, silverfish will chew through cardboard, plastic, and paper packaging going straight to your food. Let’s hope they don’t get into your food in your home at all. We know you don’t want to deal with it ever.
Are They Hard to Get Rid Of?
Silverfish can be difficult to get rid of once they have made themselves at home in your home. Seeing how they might have a steady food source and a nice warm place to live, why would they want to leave. So, we know that getting rid of them and having an exterminator come to your home is important. We do recommend helping keep them at bay by keeping the humidity levels in your home low, storing all food in airtight containers, vacuuming your floors and furniture regularly and inspecting walls and doors for cracks. If you do have cracks caulk as necessary to help eliminate their way of entry into your home.
If you already have an infestation of silverfish at your home or you’d like to prevent it from ever happening, please call us at 910-254-9443 today. We want to help make sure your home is as safe as it can be and pest free especially with the holidays coming up. We at Bug-N-A-Rug hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday this year!