Silverfish Treatment

Four-lined Silverfish (Ctenolepisma lineata) on a white background

Silverfish are insects that have a brown and broad body which tapers at one end. Silverfish are found anywhere that is humid, they like it hot and wet, and that is why you usually find them in bathtubs. They look creepy with all their antennae waiving around.  

Silverfish aren’t a threat to you in your home when they are in small numbers. They might even help to maintain the balance of the ecosystem in your home because predators like spiders feed on them. They keep everything on the level, balanced. 

When they grow in numbers to infestation level, then you would wish they were not in your home. So, the question now is how do you discover if you have a silverfish infestation or not? Find some indicators below: 

HOW TO IDENTIFY A SILVERFISH INFESTATION 

Appearance – Silverfish come in a range of colors, from white to brownish-gray (or sometimes bluish), and they usually measure around an inch in length. These insects’ bodies squirm from side to side when they move. If you are on the lookout for an infestation, check if you can see them in large numbers in your home. 

Behavior – It is common to find Silverfish hiding in dark areas of your house, around places containing paper or clothing such as a bathroom or laundry room. Although silverfish do not bite or carry diseases, they have a destructive feeding habit, it is common for them to destroy clothing, wallpaper, and papers – especially when they are in damp, dark areas.  

WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE SILVERFISH 

Silverfish are a resilient and hardy bunch, they can survive almost anywhere, but they prefer to stay in spaces with high humidity, which is why they would congregate in your kitchens and bathrooms more than anywhere else. 

During the warmer months of the year, it is common to find silverfish all over your home. If you do not have a dehumidifier for basements or other rooms prone to humidity you will be inadvertently attracting silverfish into your home.  

They are also attracted to anywhere with easy access to paper or linen that they can feed on. Additionally, finding silverfish in drains is common, so if your drains are not properly covered, you may be inviting them. 

REASONS TO TREAT YOUR SILVERFISH PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY 

Wondering why you should be proactive about getting rid of silverfish infestation from your home? Below are a few reasons you might want to call a pest control expert as soon as possible: 

       Silverfish infestations can quickly get out of hand because they have a tendency to reproduce quickly. Having a high population of silverfish in your home puts your walls, linen, and other pieces of property at risk, which can cost a lot to replace. 

       Once they become adults, female silverfish can produce up to twenty eggs every day for the duration of her life, which can be up to five years. Eggs are frequently laid in areas that are protected, such as crevices, cracks, and under carpeting or rugs. You can see that once silverfish find a place with ideal living conditions, their population will increase quickly, so it is important that you address the problem promptly. 

       Some people might be allergic to the debris created by silverfish or their droppings and molted skins. Even more than this, there is a protein that is found in silverfish molted exoskeleton which can combine with other pests like dust mites. The result of this, known as a recombinant allergen, creates an even stronger allergic reaction. 

HOW TO HANDLE SILVERFISH INFESTATION 

Thinking of going the DIY route? Don’t! Silverfish extermination is something that should be handled by a professional pest control outfit. You want to call a local professional silverfish exterminator to fix the infestation issue since they are most conversant with the silverfish that are common in your area. 

We have amazing silverfish pest control services right in your area. Our experts will safely and effectively rid you of your squirmy squatters. Give us a call today to talk with one of our silverfish extermination specialists and get started.  

TIPS TO PREVENT FURTHER SILVERFISH INFESTATION 

Now that you have been able to remove the silverfish infesting your home, here is how you can keep it that way: 

       Controlling the level of humidity in your home is probably the best way to prevent a Silverfish infestation. You might have to use a dehumidifier to keep the levels low. 

       Since silverfish also like a variety of food sources, including sugars, proteins, and starches, it’s wise to avoid leaving food out. 

       Try to remove items that they are attracted to from your home. Items like laundry, stacks of papers, and cardboard boxes. 

       Keep your home free of food particles especially after a meal. You can even make use of a HEPA vacuum that can be useful in sucking up any silverfish eggs lying around and thereby prevent their numbers from increasing. 

       It is also a good idea to keep them from entering your house in the first place. As such, get some caulking to block points of access into your house like cracks, holes, fissures on doors, windows, and foundation. 

       Another simple but effective way to get rid of silverfish is to create an easy trap for them. Cover a glass jar all around the outside with tape and put something starchy inside. The silverfish is attracted, it climbs up the jar and enters, but now it can’t climb back out because the glass walls are too smooth.