Silverfish Pest Control

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Silverfish are insects that are classified within the Thysanura order. They have long, slender, and flat bodies that are wider at the front and eventually taper near the rear. Similar to the body, the antennae are slender and long. Near the back of the body, there are three slender, long appendages. It's because of this unique appearance that Silverfish are often called"bristletails". All of these insects are wingless. Younger ones appear like smaller adults, and they can develop without using metamorphosis.

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.

Our technicians understand the habits of silverfish and employ 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.

An 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.

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These insects can be found in any room in your home. However, Silverfish tend to stay around a food source. They can live off a wide variety of foods that contain carbohydrates and proteins. Everything from linen, paste, glue dead insects, beef extract, flour, dried beef, and rolled oats could be a potential food source. They can also eat from mold surfaces in attics or basements. Silverfish have the ability to go long periods without any food source, making them tricky to handle. They're most active during the night time and can move very quickly.

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 pest control service that is knowledgeable about silverfish and their unique extermination needs.

Other than cleaning food items and clutter that might support the development of an infestation, exterminators can also utilize insecticide to manage the Silverfish populations. Meticulous and careful inspections need to be conducted in order to inform insecticide or sanitation treatments. When using insecticide, it needs to be applied onto all crevices, cracks and other possible hiding places in cupboards, attics, basements, in closets, under bathroom lighting, behind baseboards, in between wooden partition, and around water and steam piping.

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.

Silverfish are found throughout the United States and in many other parts of the world. While it's important to take care of any infestation, homeowners don't have to be concerned about their immediate health.

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An adult Silverfish will lay anywhere from 1 to 3 eggs each day. These eggs are strategically placed in areas that are protected, like behind a baseboard. Depending on the humidity and temperature of the location, these eggs can hatch in as little as 20 days or as much as 40 days.