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A Practical Guide To Effective Silverfish Prevention And Control


Silverfish have a unique and creepy appearance. They have menacing, slithering movements that make them look more intimidating than they really are. While these weird-looking bugs don't pose a health risk to people, they can cause a lot of damage to your property. If you want to get rid of silverfish quickly, Miche Pest Control knows just what to do. Here is a look at how high-quality pest control can help to solve your silverfish problem.

How To Identify A Silverfish

Silverfish have an unmistakable appearance. Their bodies are usually about a half-inch long and shaped like a teardrop. They are usually silver or brown in color and have silver-metallic scales covering their bodies. There are two long antennae that sprout out of the top of their heads. But their most noticeable features are the three tail-like appendages at the rear of their bodies. 

Silverfish have six legs and can crawl extremely fast. When they walk, they sway from side to side, which resembles fish-like movements. While they aren't able to live in water or even swim, they do like moist areas, and you can usually find silverfish in your bathroom, basement, or other humid areas of your house.

Silverfish Can Damage Your Belongings

Local silverfish love to eat starchy foods that are high in protein. They will eat a wide variety of pantry foods, which include wheat, grains, and sugar. They also like to eat other materials like clothing and paper. 

One of the strangest things that silverfish are attracted to is glue or adhesives. These small bugs will eat anything that has tape or adhesive on it. If you think that you might have silverfish in your home, you should remove any boxes, stickers, or other objects that contain glue and adhesives. Because they eat both paper and glue, they have been known to eat the pages and binding in a book. 

Five Naturally Effective Silverfish Prevention Tips

Silverfish have been known to sneak into boxes of food, stacks of books, and other bulk items that contain starch. If you don't see these sneaky bugs hiding in your items, you could accidentally bring them into your home. This is why it is a good idea to thoroughly inspect starchy items, especially if they are second-hand items, before bringing them into your home. 

These pesky bugs might also just walk into your home on their own. Some of the things that you can do to prevent silverfish from coming into your house include:

  1. Repair any leaks that you might have in or around your home as soon as possible
  2. Use a dehumidifier in your laundry room, basement, and other moist areas of your home
  3. Keep unused clothing, blankets, and pillows in a sealable bag or large container
  4. Remove old books and magazines from your home or store them in a sealed container
  5. Keep oats, flour, dry noodles, and other high-starchy foods in an air-tight container

Silverfish can sneak into your home through the gaps and openings that are found around your home. Close and seal off any potential entry points around your home. 

Consult The Professionals For Total Silverfish Control

Silverfish control can be an ongoing and difficult thing to achieve. If you have problems getting the silverfish to leave your home, Miche Pest Pest Control can help you with professional pest control. Give us a call today to eradicate silverfish from your home for good.