What Are Silverfish? What Do Silverfish Look Like?

Silverfish are small creatures, yet can give a large fright to a grown adult. If you’ve seen these critters in your home, know that you’re not alone when it comes to being creeped out. Silverfish are named for its silver-grey color and are insects that have no wings. They are around half and inch to a full inch long and have antennae on both ends of their body, with their tail end having three bristle antennas.   SIlverfishSilverfish earn their name from the way they move; they resemble fish swimming back and forth as they scurry across the floor. They are very fast creatures and can remain undetected because of their quick movements. Silverfish sometimes look metallic in color, and are often confused with firebrats, which look very similar. The insects hide in small dark crevices and corners of the home, and enjoy being in damp, humid environments. You can find silverfish in bookshelves, closets, storage boxes, garages, basements, and attics. The insects are often transported into the home through shipping or storage boxes.

Are Silverfish Dangerous?

Although these insects are not poisonous and do not carry disease, silverfish are a pest nonetheless. The insects do not bite and are not dangerous but they do consume important items in your home. Left unchecked, these creatures can cause major damage to your personal property and belongings. If your home has a silverfish infestation, important papers, documents, clothing, and sentimental items are at risk. You should call pest control to deal with the problem immediately!

What Do Silverfish Eat?

book Silverfish consume large portions of starch, protein, glue, paper, cotton clothing, wallpaper, linen, silk, photographs, cereal, pet foods, natural fibers, and sugary starchy foods. For this reason, silverfish are major pests for the household. You know that you might have these bugs when you open up a book and find inexplicable holes in its pages. You may even find holes in your photographs and even in your clothing. Silverfish are also nocturnal, so although you may notcatch them in the daylight, you’ll notice their presence by the holes they leave behind.

Signs of a Silverfish Infestation

There are a few ways you can tell that you have a silverfish infestation. Although you may not be able to detect them during the day, you may be able to find multiple ones crawling around at night. These insects also leave behind trails of droppings, which look like small, black pellets like flecks of pepper. You may find their droppings in your books or in areas where they have chewed holes. Another sign to note are visible yellow stains, which mark where they have been. Younger silverfish, also called nymphs will grow into adulthood and shed. These bugs molt their exoskeletons, so they often leave behind their scales. If you home has damp and humid regions, check for any of these signs to detect for silverfish. Humid environments attract these insects and they will often lay their eggs in these areas.

Silverfish Prevention

There are a few preventative measures and home remedies you can use to make sure silverfish don’t infest your home. Since the insects enjoy humid environments, you can use a dehumidifier for rooms that are damp and moist. Areas around water heaters, plumbing fixtures, pipes, laundry rooms, and leaky bathrooms are places where you may find silverfish. Throw away old newspapers, cardboard boxes, and paper scraps. Silverfish are attracted to moist or wet paper. Many homemade traps will utilize old damp newspapers since the insects will eat the paper and dwell in the habitat. Some remedies suggest using essential oils such as clove or cinnamon oil to ward off these pests. Cedar oil and bay leaves are also said to keep these pests at bay. However, the oils and leaves will not kill the insects nor its eggs so although the remedy is helpful in prevention, it will not be effective in the case of a silverfish infestation.  

Progreen Termite Can Eliminate Silverfish!

Progreen Termite Eliminates Pests! If your home is dealing with a silverfish infestation, Progreen Termite can help you! If the home remedies and do-it-yourself homemade traps are not working for your home, we’ll take care of the problem and put your mind at ease. Our professional exterminators will detect the source of your pest problem and will rid your home of every insect and egg for a clean home! Don’t wait to get rid of your silverfish infestation! Call Progreen Termite now at (714) 677-8446 to schedule a free inspection with us!

 

 

 

 

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