How To Get Rid Of Silverfish
Let’s talk about how to get rid of silverfish. As with all home pests, the first step is to determine exactly what pest is bugging you. So, let’s make sure you are dealing with a silverfish infestation. Silverfish are small wingless, elongated insects that are silvery-metallic or slightly gray-brownish in color. They have long antennae and elongated bodies with silvery metallic scales. This pest is commonly found in the home, preferring to eat starches, papers and glues.
Silverfish are about ¾ to ½ inch long, with elongated bodies that tend to taper from head to tail. They have no wings but can run very fast, prefer to hide in the darkness during the day, and are attracted to areas of high humidity. Although not physically dangerous to humans, silverfish can cause a lot of damage to our homes and personal belongings.
They do prefer higher levels of humidity than should be present in your home. So, if you are experiencing an infestation of silverfish, it might be a good idea to check your home’s moisture levels. Excessive moisture levels in the home can cause molds and mildews and attract pests and other vermin. At Priority Pest Services, we offer a variety of home moisture control services. Our quality professionals are standing by, ready to help you find the best solution for your home.
We Get Rid Of Silverfish & Moisture Problems
At Priority Pest Services, we get rid of silverfish and also help resolve home moisture problems. For your convenience, we offer free home inspections to help find out what’s bugging you. Since home moisture problems can attract pests, it is right along our line of work. Our related services include solutions for home moisture problems including French drains, vapor barriers, encapsulations and dehumidifier systems. Give us a call today at (757) 204-4523 to schedule your free home inspection!
Silverfish can live a year without food but they cannot live without moisture. These insects require high humidity to thrive, preferring levels of 75% to 95%. A silverfish infestation can contaminate foods and damage paper goods like wallpaper and books. Due to the fact that these creatures are nocturnal and work at night, they can do a lot of damage before a homeowner becomes aware of their presence.
When describing silverfish, many people say they look and move similar to a centipede but with a bit of a sideways wiggle. Actually, they are not centipedes at all and they can move much quicker. Silverfish have tapering elongated bodies with silvery metallic scales. They move with a bit of a wiggle, similar to a fish. Thus, the name silverfish is more than justified.
Silverfish can live from two to eight years and are very fast runners. Interestingly, it is said they can even outrun many of their predators, like spiders and centipedes. Their mating ritual is complex and results in a batch of, typically, less than 60 eggs. The eggs mature within two weeks to two months. Most female silverfish do not lay more than 100 eggs in their lifetime.
Silverfish Can Do A Lot Of Damage
This is a pest that does not multiply as quickly as cockroaches, or some other pests, yet an unknown and untreated infestation of silverfish can do a lot of damage in a short time. These insects can quickly, and easily, destroy that family scrapbook you so carefully tucked in the back of the closet years ago before you realize they are even there!
Getting rid of silverfish can be difficult without an experienced pest control professional like Priority Pest Services. They are nocturnal and hide well, so they can easily become well established in the home without knowledge. These insects can travel long distances, so it can be hard to pinpoint the exact source of the infestation without professional training.
At Priority Pest Services, our quality pest control professionals are trained to assess your silverfish problem and offer you an effective solution to get rid of them and keep them from coming back. Give us a call today at (757) 204-4523 to schedule a free home inspection.