Here’s What Makes Silverfish In Your Home So Hard To Get Rid Of

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No one wants to think about pests, but you have to if you want to know how to get rid of them. In an ideal scenario, you’ll research prevention tips and be ahead of a potential problem. Studying up on bugs and insects may be boring or it may gross you out, but it’s a necessary evil. In some instances, it won’t require as much time because you might have a basic understanding of a particular critter.

But silverfish mystify people. They aren’t talked about often, so typically, property owners don’t know how to control or stop their intrusions. Continue reading for information on these sneaky pests and the relevant services of BugBros.

How Do Silverfish Operate? What Are The Threats?

Silverfish have a distinctive appearance, with metallic skin that is brownish-gray, blue-silver, or white. Their bodies resemble the shape of a carrot and extend to ¾ of an inch long. A pair of antennas tops their heads and a trio of lengthy appendages sticks out from their bottoms. They also have six legs and they can run pretty fast.

Silverfish favor areas that are very dark, moist, and humid, because those elements assist with their survival and breeding. When they come into homes and businesses, it’s usually through gaps around doors, windows, and foundations. From there, they’ll go straight for the following spaces:

  • Storage containers
  • Boxes
  • Garages
  • Sheds
  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens

As with most pests, the trouble with silverfish starts when they get hungry. These critters feed on fabrics, paper items, and carbohydrates. The linens on your bed, the silk top in your closet, and the upholstered furniture in the dining room are all on a silverfish’s menu. Your diploma, tax documents, and book collection will be the second course. Wallpaper, glue, and cellulose shampoo are their dessert. If somehow they stay mainly in the kitchen, they’ll eat up the food with grains, sugar, and/or starch in it.

What makes things worse with these bugs is that silverfish are nocturnal and stay out of sight. You’re more likely to see their damage than see them. If you do see them, you likely have an infestation. You may also spot their pepper-like fecal waste on surfaces. Don’t touch them directly or else you might have skin irritation or an allergic reaction.

How Can Silverfish Be Prevented?

You can do these things to avoid having to deal with silverfish:

  • Dry your laundry and wet clothes as soon as possible.
  • Fix leaks and other problematic sources of moisture.
  • Leave your crawlspace vents open.
  • Start using a dehumidifier.
  • Seal cracks around foundations, baseboards, doors, and windows.
  • Check out storage items, packages, and boxes before you take them inside.
  • Clean your dishes and take out the garbage regularly.
  • Use airtight containers for trash and food.

How Can BugBros Exterminate Silverfish?

Silverfish are challenging to eliminate because there’s no such thing as removing all the moisture in the world. Further, they can crawl through the tiniest of holes. These aren’t obstacles for BugBros though. We have products and equipment that will eliminate entry points and create barriers around your property. That way, even if there’s water nearby, silverfish won’t be attracted to your land.

We pride ourselves on the affordable, effective, and long-lasting treatments we offer. We’re also happy to say that our expert technicians are timely and detailed. Get access to quality solutions. Call us today!

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