Budget Pest Control

Silverfish Control

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Silverfish… silver, but not actually fish. They love dark, damp places, carbs, proteins and books, which sounds more like a rough guide for an oddball teenager. While somewhat menacing looking, they can be a real pain (although they are known to ruin unsealed cereal and pet food products). Of the nuisance pests we deal with, the silverfish may be one of the most elusive, darting around like a flash in the night with its sleek, almost prehistoric exterior.

How did get these things? They walked right in, plain and simple. Silverfish have a knack for entering small crevices either around your foundation or your roofline (depending on where the moisture content is most dense in your house). Like so many other pests, silverfish have found their favorite things all in one place; food, water and a cozy home.

What can I do to help? The most effective method of silverfish control is exclusion. Remove moisture from the air in areas of your home that are unusually humid, ensure that areas of the roofline/foundation are properly sealed either with caulking or plastic sealing wrap to eliminate possible entry points and keep your grain products in sealed containers.

Is there any way to get rid of them? Call the friendly experts at Budget Pest Control, Inc. regarding silverfish control! We can suggest safe & effective treatments for your home to clear them out and make sure that they stay out! Our experienced certified technicians are available 7 days a week and come with the latest in products and equipment designed to take care of these ancient, annoying insects. Along with the service our techs can make suggestions to minimize potential problems in the future…all part of the service!

Stats

Silverfish get their name from their shiny light grey color and tapered body. They are typically anywhere from .5 to an inch in length, with a unique 3-pronged tail. Silverfish also have sizeable antennae, usually measuring about the size of their body in length.

Did You Know?

  • Silverfish, along with spiders and cockroaches, are one of the oldest insects on the planet. They are believed to be more than 400 million years old.
  • They can live for more than a year without a meal.
  • If hungry enough, they’ll eat their own shed exoskeletons.

Myths & Facts

MYTH: Silverfish can bite people, leaving marks similar to a spider bite.
FACT: Their teeth are not strong enough to penetrate skin, and more often than not, centipede bites are confused for being silverfish bites.

MYTH: Silverfish can damage food by walking over it, similar to the manner that cockroaches do.
FACT: While silverfish will in fact walk over foods, it cannot transmit diseases like cockroaches do.

Signs of An Infestation

  • Presence of the insect within a home. This activity will be limited to extremely humid (75%-95% relative humidity) areas.
  • Damage to polysaccharides. This may include damage to books, photos, paper, tapestries, leather, plaster, linens, cottons or even silk.

Silverfish on basement floor
Silverfish in wall gap
Silverfish in book
Silverfish damage to corrugated cardboard
Silverfish detail

Silverfish size comparison
Silverfish larval and adult sizes
Silverfish life cycle
Silverfish on wooden plank
Silverfish full body