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Silverfish: What Are They And How Do You Get Rid Of Them?

April 29, 2023 - Silverfish

Author - Tom Miche

silverfish feeding on paper

Many people can become startled when they see a silverfish wriggling through their homes. These small insects have an odd and unique appearance that can be quite intimidating to some people. While they may look scary, they are not out to cause harm to people or their pets. Instead, they will damage your belongings. 

If you feel that you may be dealing with silverfish, an experienced pest control specialist can help you get rid of them quickly. At Miche Pest Control, we can help you determine whether or not silverfish have taken up residence in your home. 

What Are Silverfish?

Silverfish may look like something from outer space, but they are actually a type of insect. They have long, slender bodies that taper off at the end. Their raindrop-shaped body is covered in metallic silvery scales that give this bug its fish-like appearance. 

The reason why most people find the silverfish bug so intimidating is because of its three long appendages that sprout out from the end of its body. While these tail-like limbs may look like they could be painful, they are not used to sting or harm people or pets in any way. Instead, the silverfish will use these appendages as a type of antenna that is used to get a better understanding of the silverfish's surroundings. 

Are Silverfish Harmful?

Silverfish are not considered to be dangerous insects. However, that doesn't mean that they are completely harmless. Throughout a silverfish's life, it will molt several times. When it sheds its scales, it will secrete a yellow powder that contains tropomyosin, which can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. This powder can be found on furniture, clothing, bedding, and other areas of your home. Also, if silverfish come into contact with your food, they may contaminate it without you realizing it. 

Silverfish also like to snack on starchy foods and have even been known to eat glue and clothing. If you have a silverfish infestation, you may notice holes in your books, clothes, sheets, furniture, wallpaper, and other objects in your home.

Why Do Silverfish Invade Homes?

Silverfish will come into your home looking for food or water. If they are able to access vegetables, flour, and grains, they want to stay in your home indefinitely. They are also attracted to warm and moist areas. This is the main reason why many people will find silverfish in their bathrooms, basements, and other humid areas.

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Silverfish?

If you see silverfish in your home, there are a few things that you can do to get rid of them or discourage them from coming into your home in the first place. Some of the different steps that you can take include:

  • Make sure to store dry food, especially foods that contain oats and grains, in a sealed container.

  • Store old clothes and blankets in containers or bags that are able to be sealed.

  • Put dehumidifiers or fans throughout your home to reduce any moisture or humidity in your home.

  • Make sure to fix any leaky pipes around your home as soon as possible.

If you are finding it difficult to eliminate silverfish from your home, Miche PestControl can help. We use a multi-step plan that consists of state-of-the-art techniques and top-rated products to ensure that these pesky bugs pack up their bags and move out of your home quickly. Silverfish infestations can turn severe in no time at all. Don't hesitate to give us a call when you first notice that silverfish are in your home. 

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