Reproducing quickly, silverfish are nocturnal creatures that enjoy dark, moist areas in homes and businesses, such as basements, laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Harmless to humans, these primitive pests primarily feed on items that contain starch like glue, sugar, flour, cereal, textiles and paper. Although capable of traveling a considerable distance in search of a reliable food source, silverfish will establish their nests in nearby cracks and crevices. Because they typically nest under baseboards and the corners of shelves and windows, an infestation can easily go unnoticed. During this time, their destructive eating habits can ruin wallpaper, books and stored papers as well as silk, linen and cotton clothing.
Silverfish nymphs grow quickly in areas above 75 percent relative humidity. Adults can live as long as three years. Controlling humidity levels in crawl spaces, attics, basements and other storage areas helps to prevent an infestation. Ventilate attics and enclosed rooms with a dehumidifier. You should also fix leaky pipes and eliminate sources of condensation if possible. Seal off entry points, such as cracks and holes where utility lines enter your home. Clean and vacuum regularly. Store food in sealed containers and clean spills quickly.
Treating an infestation once it occurs requires a customized approach. Home remedies appear to work for a brief period. The insecticides sold in stores may only kill adult silverfish that you can see while failing to address the entire infestation. Proper treatment requires an application that kills the eggs as well as the adult insect. Our professional pest control experts can evaluate your situation and recommend an effective solution.
A silverfish infestation is often identified by the yellow stains they leave behind after feeding or small irregular holes in clothes or paper products. At the first sign of a silverfish infestation, contact Bugs-Or-Us to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation quote.