WHAT ARE SILVERFISH AND WHY ARE THEY IN MY HOME?

WHAT ARE SILVERFISH AND WHY ARE THEY IN MY HOME?

A silverfish, known for its silver color, is a very small insect with a flattened, slender body.  These creatures can be quite disturbing to come across; they also can damage your belongings. They most often appear in places that have a great deal of humidity or moisture, places like the bathroom, basement, laundry room, or kitchen. This is due to these pests being drawn to moisture.

Like most pests, silverfish can enter your home easily if you have any gaps, cracks, or holes in your exterior walls. Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions is here to share some practical steps you can take in order to discourage and prevent silverfish from coming into your home.

WHAT DAMAGE CAN SILVERFISH CAUSE

Silverfish are a fairly harmless bug as they do not bite.  However, due to them shedding their skin they can be a cause of allergies similar to dust mites. Their allergens are not as bad as dust mites, but it can still be quite a nuisance that needs proper silverfish control to get rid of.  Silverfish also cause different types of harm as they have an appetite for paper products. If you have a problem with silverfish, you may find that they are eating your photos, cardboard, or other paper products.

WHAT DO I DO IF I FIND THEM IN THE HOUSE?

Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions can help explain some things you can do in order to prevent a silverfish infestation in your house:

  •   Keep all food, especially cereals and pastas, in sealed containers. This cuts out part of the silverfish food supply and discourages them from seeking refuge in your home.
  •   Regularly vacuum in every room. Vacuuming helps to clean up dust and crumbs that will happen no matter how tidy you are.  It is important to vacuum regularly to prevent all types of pests, not just silverfish bugs.
  •   Use a dehumidifier. As silverfish are attracted to moisture, you can run a dehumidifier in humid areas like basements.
  •   Proper ventilation and sealed home. It is important to make sure your home is sealed properly and your HVAC system is properly cleaned so that you have proper ventilation. Both a sealed and properly vented home make it difficult for silverfish to enter.

CAN I TREAT SILVERFISH ON MY OWN?

One way you can treat silverfish on your own is with diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. If applied properly it can be very effective. It is best to apply it in the evening in areas where you’ve seen silverfish or think they might hide.

WHEN TO CALL PEST CONTROL

If you think you have an infestation, it is important to call traditional pest control. Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions will conduct an inspection and use insecticides to rid you of this menace.

Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions is your trusted pest control expert. Whether your home is in Fayetteville or Hope Mills, you can count on Eco Advantage Termite and Pest Solutions to rid your home of pesky rodents, cockroaches, spiders, and other nuances. Be sure to give us a call today at (910) 425-6415 to learn more about how we can eliminate your ant and other pests for good!