Silverfish feed on items such as textiles, paper, grains and glues, and they can cause quite a bit of damage to items in your home, especially to books. Choosing an experienced pest control service will ensure the elimination of these pests and the prevention of their return to your home. It is important to choose a professional pest control service that is knowledgeable about silverfish and their unique extermination needs.
Because of their small size and interest in feeding on multiple items in your home, silverfish can cause damage. As an insect that can hide in small crevices and live as long as three years, they can be difficult to effectively remove without the assistance of a pest control professional. Additionally, when attractive food sources remain available to silverfish, they will repeatedly return to your home. The combination of a pest control program and preventive environmental measures is our typical recommendation.
Our registered professional technicians understand the habits of silverfish and employ effective methods to eliminate them. Our experience in successfully helping our customers to defeat these pests means we know the best practices for quickly stopping silverfish in their tracks. Because silverfish can live for several years, there are multiple approaches we take to remove them from your home and preventative measures we recommend to prevent their return.
Professional application of sprays, baits and traps are effective for silverfish, and locating their primary hiding spots is imperative for successful extermination. Silverfish thrive in humid environments, so we’ll look for leaking pipes, damp basements and other places where water condensation may be an issue. Perimeter and direct spraying will help to eliminate many silverfish, and we will set traps to remove additional insects who are hiding in cracks and crevices. We will also want to ensure that unhatched eggs are addressed for the complete removal of silverfish from your home.
Fixing leaky pipes and removing excess humidity are additional strategies for eliminating silverfish. Dehumidifiers and adequate ventilation throughout your home will prevent silverfish from finding an appropriate habitat. Low humidity will not allow silverfish to reproduce and will prevent new infestations and future issues. Sealing your home, vacuuming regularly and reducing food sources by placing them in sealed containers will also prevent silverfish from returning.
Silverfish are nocturnal insects that can travel long distances, but they will remain in place when they locate a consistent food source. They are small and move quickly, so they may be difficult to see other than the damage and the molted skins they leave behind. They tend to congregate in areas of moisture and in boxes, books, furniture joints and kitchen cabinets. They also feast on paper insulation in attics. There are several different types of silverfish that can be found in a variety of geographical locations, including Lepisma saccharina, Ctenolepisma lineata and Ctenolepisma longicaudata.
If you see small holes in paper or wallpaper, fast-moving silvery insects, molted skins or other signs of damage inside your home, please give us a call to schedule an appointment for our professional pest control services for silverfish. Our expertise and successful treatment methods mean you will enjoy a silverfish-free home following treatment.