Who Else In Wilmington Wants To Get Rid Of Silverfish For Good?

January 17, 2020

Have you ever been startled by a sudden movement in the corner of your eye as the light turns on? Often, silverfish disappear before you have a chance to really get a good look. These teardrop-shaped insects get their name from the silvery, metallic-looking scales that cover their body. Much like a fish, they are elusive and hard to catch. If you do have a chance to observe a silverfish up close, you’ll see that they are wingless and can grow up to 1/2 inch in length. They have six legs and antennae as long as their body. Silverfish are often called bristletails because of the three tail-like appendages that protrude from their last abdominal segment.          

two silverfish on an old book

Nobody Likes A Nuisance

While silverfish are not as dangerous as they may seem at first glance, they are a considerable nuisance. Silverfish do not spread disease. However, they are voracious eaters and will contaminate food sources, damage paper goods, and stain clothing. During severe infestations, books, wallpaper, and curtains may develop irregularly shaped holes from where these insects eat the material. 

 Slippery Strategies

Silverfish are incredibly quick and can move in all directions - even sideways - at great speed. Their flat bodies allow them to hide in the narrowest of crevices. This speed and agility make the silverfish a tough target to catch.

Additionally, silverfish can survive for weeks without food and water. In fact, they can survive for up to 300 days without food if they have a reliable water source available. Silverfish prefer high humidity and cooler temperatures making basements and inviting locations.

Reducing the excess moisture that attracts silverfish is an important step towards eradication. Furthermore, not only will reducing moisture make your home less attractive to silverfish, but it will deter other common household pests as well. To ensure that your home does not accumulate unwanted moisture, inspect your home regularly. 

  • Use proper ventilation. Make sure that areas that collect excess moisture such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements are properly ventilated. If you have built-in vent fans, use them regularly.  
  • Make sure ventilation systems in the home are vented to the outside rather than other areas inside the home. 
  • Ensure that air conditioners are installed properly so that excess moisture drips away from the house. 
  • Check regularly for leaking faucets and pipes. If you find a household leak, use caulking or the help from a professional to repair the problem area. 
  • Seal concrete walls and floors. 
  • Repair leaks in foundations and roofs.

Once you take care of moisture problems in the home, you want to ensure that you eliminate viable food sources. Silverfish eat any organic matter. Therefore, clean up what you can. Make sure to wipe down countertops and sweep up excess crumbs after meals. Do not leave pet food out overnight, as silverfish will flock to the errant crumbs. Lastly, store pantry items in sealed glass or plastic containers.

Lastly, once you’ve controlled water and food, you want to do your best to eliminate all possible entry points. Seal cracks and crevices around your home including those in cupboards, baseboards, and walls. Keep in mind that no one method alone is likely to eliminate these pests, and in spite of your best efforts, you may find yourself in the throws of a silverfish infestation.

Bug-N-A-Rug Is Ready To Help

The best way to get silverfish out and keep them out is with the professionals at Bug-N-A-Rug. We will work with you and your individual problem to come up with an effective plan to control your silverfish problem. With over two decades of experience, our technicians will rid your property of current problems and provide the preventative measures necessary to make sure that your problem doesn’t return. Lastly, we specialize in safe, eco-friendly and effective treatments for silverfish and other pests. Call us today at (910) 254-9443, and our customer service team will happily schedule your free evaluation.

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