Have you come across an odd shaped pest that almost resembles a carrot with long antennas on the top of its head in your home? If it is silver or gray in color along with having three tail-like appendages at the tip of its flattened, carrot-shaped abdomen, then you may have silverfish in your home.
What are Silverfish and What Do they Eat?
Silverfish are about ½ to ¾ of an inch long that are very common in homes and office buildings. Often they become trapped in sinks and bathtubs, finding themselves unable to climb the smooth porcelain walls. They are typically more active at night and can scurry at great speeds into very tight spaces. Silverfish will feed on foods with carbohydrates and proteins, as well as other food sources such as paper, paste and mold.
Why am I Finding Silverfish in My Home?
Silverfish will make their ways indoors to find shelter and food. Once they have established themselves in a home, they can live there for a long period of time without much food. Since they are nocturnal, they can go for a while without being noticed and unfortunately for homeowners, they can reproduce quickly, which allows them the potential for exponential growth while residing in your home.
Although silverfish don’t pose any harm to humans, they can cause extensive damage to paper products, book bindings, clothing, and even contaminate food. Silverfish infestations can be found in almost anywhere in the home including kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, attics and basements where there are usually paper or linen sources.
How Can I Get Rid of Silverfish?
If you currently have found silverfish in your home, it can be difficult to get rid of them without the use of pesticides because of their elusive behavior. A few ways to address your current silverfish infestation is to have a pest control professional design a treatment protocol specifically for your home. From there, the technician will treat areas in your home where active (or suspected to be active) silverfish populations are as well as treat cracks and crevices.
There are some DIY methods that you can do to reduce your silverfish populations as well. First and foremost, reduce environmental elements that are appealing to silverfish like clutter. Reducing clutter and storage of cardboard boxes, and keeping up with maintenance and sanitation will give the silverfish few places to hide and reduce their food sources.
How Can Cooper Pest Solutions Help with Silverfish?
Cooper Pest Solutions is a unique pest control company in that we believe it is crucial to understand the biology and behavior of pests to effectively eliminate and prevent them. We use scientifically proven methods to develop our pest-specific treatments. Our staff entomologists are constantly researching and finding new, improved ways to successfully eradicate unwanted pests with little to no pesticide applications.
If you currently have a silverfish problem, Cooper Pest Solutions can help! We offer aone-time service for silverfish as well as part of our Home Traditional or Home Intensiveyearly residential maintenance programs that includes additional household pests. For more information on Cooper’s silverfish treatments, call 1-800-949-2667 or fill out our FREE estimate form.