What Every Peachtree City Property Owner Ought To Know About Silverfish

December 15, 2020

Silverfish are one of several pests that really confuse folks. They don’t receive the same amount of attention as other creepy crawlers do. Consequently, those who own properties don’t always know how the bugs get indoors or what their risk factors are. Much less, how to prevent or eliminate them. Find these facts out now and get details on relevant services by MSI Termite & Pest Control.

silverfish on bathroom sink

How Do Silverfish Look & Behave? What Are The Risks?

Silverfish have carrot-shaped bodies that are around 0.75 of an inch long at maximum. Their skin is metallic and blue-silver, brownish-gray, or white in color. They have two antennas and three long feelers that protrude from their frames. Six legs help them run extremely fast. If this description makes the bugs sound unsightly, that’s because they are.
 
These silverfish will enter your home or business through openings near foundations, doors, and windows. For survival and procreation, these pests require humidity, moisture, and darkness. Therefore, they’ll gravitate to the following interior locations and items:

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

The hunger of silverfish is the biggest problem for property owners. These insects incessantly munch on carbohydrates, fabrics, and paper materials. This means your cereal and pantry foods that contain starch, sugar, and/or grains will be done for. Your entire wardrobe and all of your upholstered furniture could be chewed up, along with sheets and curtains as well. Look out for your critical documents, and favorite magazines and books. They’ll be on a silverfish’s radar. Glue, wallpaper, and cellulose shampoo will be in their line of sight as well.
 
If you think you’ll be able to stomp these critters away, you’re wrong. Silverfish are primarily active at night, making it tough for you to catch them. You’ll encounter their wreckage before ever seeing them. If you spot one, you officially have an infestation. Another thing you might observe is their peppery fecal waste on countertops and other surfaces. If you attempt to squash them, use a newspaper or shoe. Handling them directly can lead to an allergic response or skin irritation. Expect to find additional insects, like carpet beetles, if silverfish are present. They tend to attract their friends.

How Can You Prevent Silverfish?

While silverfish don’t pose any threats to humans and pets or their health, the potential damage to belongings is incentive enough to prevent them. You can keep them at bay with these measures:

  • Don’t leave laundry wet for too long.
  • Have moisture issues and leaks repaired as soon as possible.
  • Keep crawl space vents open.
  • Use a dehumidifier.
  • Patch up gaps around baseboards, foundations, doors, and windows.
  • Inspect packages, storage items, and boxes prior to bringing them inside.
  • Wash your dishes and remove garbage routinely.
  • Put trash and food in containers with tight lids.

What Can MSI Termite & Pest Control Do About Silverfish?

The skilled technicians at MSI Termite & Pest Control will utilize our high-quality tools and solutions to exterminate pesky silverfish for the long term. All of our treatments are safe for humans and domestic animals, so you won’t have to worry about exposure to harsh chemicals. Our services are affordable, custom-fit, and come with guarantees. Emergency and same-day visits are available. Call today and receive a no-obligation inspection!

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