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What Are Silverfish?

Silverfish are 400-million-year-old insects with long, slim bodies about half an inch long and blueish-silver, metallic-looking skin. While silverfish do pre-date dinosaurs, the average lifespan of one silverfish is usually between two and eight years. Laying around 100 eggs over the course of their entire adult lifetime, adult female silverfish lay between 1 and 3 eggs at a time, either individually or on communal clumps of up to 50 to 60, usually in moist, well-protected areas.

What Are the Signs of a Silverfish Infestation?

Some signs of a silverfish infestation include:

  • Noticing chew marks or small holes in books, clothing, wallpaper, or fabrics
  • Spotting silverfish crawling around your home

Are Silverfish Dangerous?

While silverfish are typically not considered a threat to humans or pets, there is a chance that people and pets may be allergic to silverfish and/or their exudence.

If Silverfish Aren’t Dangerous, Why Should I Get Rid of Them?

Silverfish are quick and active procreators, with females producing up to 100 eggs in their adult lifetime. It’s important to get a silverfish infestation under control as soon as possible before their presence in your home becomes more difficult to manage.

How Do Silverfish Get Inside?

Silverfish usually make their way into homes through openings or cracks around windows and doors. If silverfish make their way into roofs and attics, it is also possible that you may find them crawling out of light fixtures in the ceiling.

When Are Silverfish Most Active?

Silverfish are nocturnal, coming out mainly at night in search of food. Otherwise, silverfish spend most of their time hiding in dark places for protection. With an average lifespan of 2 to 8 years, silverfish usually weather all 4 seasons but are most active in the warmer months in Washington DC.

Why Do I Have Silverfish In My Home?

Silverfish shed their skin many times throughout their lifetime so, if you’re finding yourself picking up small, silver scales off the floor or other surfaces of your home, it is possible that you are dealing with a silverfish infestation.

Where Do Silverfish Like to Hide?

Silverfish are most attracted to moist places such as bathtubs, sinks, basements, and laundry rooms. Silverfish are also known decomposers, often getting their nutrients from fabrics, newspapers, and books, so be sure to check any paper or fabric piles you may have around your home while looking for silverfish.

How Can I Get Rid of Silverfish?

The quickest and most effective way to rid your home of a silverfish infestation is to call a pest control expert. Once we’ve gotten the silverfish under control following your initial treatment, we recommend continuous quarterly treatment of the exterior of your home to prevent any silverfish from returning. Interior treatment of your home for silverfish is also always included by request.

How Can I Prevent the Silverfish from Coming Back?

  • Maintain and clean your yard regularly, clearing any piles of leaves and branches 
  • Keep any potential silverfish hiding spots, like behind appliances, clean and tidy 
  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce moisture in your home in places like the basement or the laundry room

Miche Pest Control offers safe and effective treatment plans in the Washington, DC area that are specifically designed to target, remove, and prevent silverfish in and around your home. Give us a call today at (844) 211-7378 to schedule your initial pest control service and get those pesky silverfish under control!

Washington DC

Washington DC, formally known as the District of Columbia, more commonly known as DC, is the official capital of the United States of America. It is located on east side of the Potomac River, bordering Maryland and Virginia. The United States Congress held its first session there in 1800. The city was named after George Washington,  a Founding Father and the first president of the United States. The federal district was named after Columbia, a female personification of our nation. As the seat of the US federal government and several international organizations, DC is an important world political capital. It is one of the most visited cities in the US, with over 24 million visitors in 2019.

The District of Columbia is not a part of any U.S. state. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River near the country's Atlantic Coast. The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the national capital. In 1801, the land, formerly part of Maryland and Virginia (at the time including the settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria), officially became recognized as the federal district. In 1846, Congress returned to Virginia the portion of Washington DC that had been originally ceded by Virginia, including the cities of Alexandria and Arlington; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the district.

DC is divided into quadrants (NW, NE, SE, and SW), centered on the United States Capitol (aka the Capitol Building or Capitol Hill), with 8 wards, 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, and 127 named neighborhoods. It is the 20th-most populous city in the US. Commuters from the surrounding suburbs in Maryland and Northern Virginia raise the city's daytime population to more than one million during the workweek. Washington DC's metropolitan area is the country's sixth-largest metropolitan area, and includes portions of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Nearby Cities:

Arlington VA (3 miles), Bethesda MD (6 miles), Hyattsville MD (6 miles), Silver Spring MD (6 miles), Alexandria VA (7 miles), Falls Church VA (7 miles), Springfield VA (11 miles), Rockville MD (14 miles), Bowie MD (15 miles), Fairfax VA (15 miles), Laurel MD (17 miles), Upper Marlboro MD (17 miles), Gaithersburg MD (19 miles), Herndon VA (19 miles), Woodbridge VA (21 miles), Columbia MD (23 miles), Ashburn VA (26 miles), Manassas VA (26 miles), Ellicott City MD (28 miles), Annapolis MD (30 miles), Leesburg VA (32 miles), Baltimore MD (35 miles), Frederick MD (40 miles), Fredericksburg VA (48 miles)

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