Silverfish In Washington DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia

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What are silverfish and firebrats?

Silverfish and firebrats are common household pests that regularly find their way into our Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia homes. These insects are closely related, and adults of both species have slender, soft bodies, lack wings, and have long, thin antennae. However, their most identifying physical feature is the three tail-like appendages that extend from their tapered rear-ends. 

Their color pattern is what often helps to distinguish the two species from each other. For example, adult silverfish are usually silver to dark gray with shiny scales; in contrast, adult firebrats are more yellowish or tan with tan, brown, or black patterned markings. 

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Are silverfish and firebrats dangerous?

Silverfish will chew through fabrics and paper, but they do not bite people. Silverfish and the closely related firebrats don’t pose significant health risks to people. The main concern with having these pests living in high numbers in your home is their ability to cause damage to personal items and contaminate food sources. 

Why do I have a silverfish and firebrat problem?

Silverfish and firebrats have high moisture needs. If your yard or home has excess moisture or high humidity levels, these pests will gravitate to your property. 

When firebrats and silverfish live outside in damp, dark areas near your home, it is common for them to move inside when the temperatures outside become too hot and dry for them to live comfortably. 

The larger the population of silverfish and firebrats living in your outdoor space, the greater the chance an infestation will occur in your house. 

These pests can also be introduced into houses by homeowners. They will hitchhike indoors on things like firewood, potted plants, or boxes that were stored outside. 

What do silverfish and firebrats eat?

Both silverfish and firebrats have enzymes in their gut that enable them to digest cellulose successfully. Things they feed on when in our homes include books, clothing, wallpaper, and dry goods. 

Where will I find silverfish and firebrats?

Silverfish and firebrats are common indoor pests, but they lived outside in damp locations behind bark, under mulch, leaf, or woodpiles before finding their way into our homes. 

When silverfish and firebrats move into our homes, they quickly move to high moisture areas. Kitchens, bathrooms, and basements are regular hangouts for these pests. Firebrats prefer to live in warm areas and often gather around water heaters, hot water pipes, and furnaces. 

How do I get rid of silverfish and firebrats?

If you ever see silverfish or firebrats in your home, reach out to the professionals at Miche Pest Control for help. Our professionals will find and treat all the intruders. We will also identify how and why they are entering your house. By getting to the bottom of your silverfish or firebrat infestation and implementing regular pest control services, you will ensure the complete elimination of silverfish and firebrats and prevent them from returning in the future. 

If you live in the Washington, DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia area and would like to learn more about our family owned and operated pest control company and the residential or commercial pest control services we offer, call Miche Pest Control today!

How can I prevent silverfish and firebrats in the future?

There are several things that homeowners can do around their home to make it less attractive to silverfish and firebrats.

  • Make sure to ventilate your basement, bathrooms, and kitchen properly.

  • Remove piles of excess papers and books that you no longer need from your home.

  • Instead of using cardboard boxes to store items in your home, use plastic containers with locking lids.

  • Repair leaky pipes or fixtures.

  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to reduce humidity levels in your house.

  • Seal up cracks in your foundation and other openings you discover to help keep these pests out.

  • Create a crushed rock barrier between any mulch or soil and your foundation.

  • Inspect items before bringing inside your house that have been stored outside for silverfish, firebrats, and other insects. 

 

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