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Silverfish Identification

What are silverfish?

Silverfish are unique, wingless insects with flat, carrot-shaped bodies, and long antenna. They are attracted to areas of moisture both outside in nature, and within Peachtree City homes and businesses. These insects received their name because of their wriggling, fish-like movements, and because their brown bodies are covered in silvery scales. Silverfish are also referred to as bristletails, because of the three-pronged appendage the extends off the end of their abdomens.close up of a silverfish

Are silverfish dangerous?

While silverfish certainly are not the most dangerous or damaging pests you will come across, they should never be welcomed into our Georgia homes! Silverfish are nuisance pests that live mainly outside. Silverfish typically only become pests when they invade our homes, feeding on food and non-food items that are starchy and high in protein. Silverfish contaminate our food, and cause damage to our personal property.

Silverfish are nocturnal, emerging at night to feed on things stored in our homes, such as books, wallpaper, stored food, clothing, rugs, and more.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish live outside in damp, dark, moist areas; landscaping and mulch around the foundation of homes often provide the perfect habitat for silverfish. If the weather outside becomes too hot or dry, it is quite easy for them to find their way into our homes through cracks and openings they discover in the foundation, or around windows or doors. Silverfish also find their way inside after crawling into boxes that have been stored outside or in garages, on potted plants, or on newspapers.

Once inside, silverfish hide in dark, quiet areas making it possible for them to be present for some time before you finally discover their presence.

Where will I find silverfish?

Silverfish prefer to invade areas of a home that help them meet their high moisture needs. They often gather around drains, sump pumps, and vents. They also like to live in cabinets underneath sinks.

Common areas of a home where silverfish hide include:

  • Bathrooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Utility rooms
  • Basements
  • Kitchens

How do I get rid of silverfish?

To protect your property from silverfish, it is essential to maintain an effective pest prevention and control program. For the complete removal of silverfish from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City silverfish control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of silverfish and other pests.

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with silverfish in your home:

  • Store dry goods in pantry areas in containers with airtight lids.
  • Use plastic containers with locking lids, instead of cardboard boxes, to store things in basements and other storage areas.
  • Get rid of old magazines and newspapers from your home.
  • Inspect mail, boxes, or potted plants for hitchhiking silverfish before bringing the items into your home.
  • Reduce moisture and humidity using dehumidifiers, ventilating fans, and air conditioners.
  • Fix leaky pipes.
  • Make sure drains are working properly, to get rid of water from sinks and tubs.
  • Repair leaky air conditioners.
  • Move any mulch, soil, or leaf debris away from your home’s foundation.
  • Seal cracks in the foundation, space under doors, and place covers on vents leading into your home.
 

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