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Silverfish Control: Strategies For A Clean And Pest-Free Home In Orange County

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Unlike many pests that cause problems for homeowners, silverfish do not bite, sting, or spread diseases. However, these nuisance insects are a risk to your belongings, and getting them out can be a challenge when they invade homes. Whether you suspect a silverfish problem in your home or are looking for ways to prevent one, this guide is for you.

We’ll start by describing the signs of silverfish to help you quickly identify the problem. We’ll also review what attracts these pests and provide tips to keep them out of your house. Continue reading to learn how to achieve successful silverfish pest control in Orange County with the experts from The PEST Group.

Signs Of Silverfish: How To Identify The Problem

Seeing an actual silverfish is the clearest sign of all, but these insects are nocturnal, and their flat bodies allow them to hide in small cracks and crevices during the day. If you see one, they look similar to fish in shape, have scales, and move quickly in a side-to-side motion, similar to how a fish swims. Here are some other signs of a silverfish infestation to watch for:

  • Yellow stains on paper or fabric

  • Discarded scales

  • Droppings that look like black pepper pellets

  • Feeding marks like holes, notches, or surface etchings

Whether you see the insects themselves or signs that point to their activity, it is time to schedule a pest inspection. Contact us today at The PEST Group to learn how we can help remove silverfish from your home and prevent them from returning.

What Attracts Silverfish?

These insects prefer warm, damp conditions, so attics, basements, and bathrooms are the most common places to find silverfish in the house. Silverfish can survive for weeks without food, but if they find an acceptable food source in your home, they won’t stray far from it. Silverfish eat carbohydrates like paper, glue, clothing, flour, and oats.

Other than easy access to food, these insects require high humidity levels, between 70 and 90 percent. If you need assistance determining what attracts silverfish to your home, the pros at The PEST Group are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our silverfish removal services or to schedule your free inspection.

Ways To Prevent Silverfish Infestations In Your Home

To successfully keep silverfish out of the house, removing factors that attract them and sealing any potential entryways is essential. The following list includes our most effective silverfish prevention tips:

  • Seal cracks and gaps on your home’s exterior using silicone caulk or steel wool.

  • Repair leaking air conditioning units, pipes, and drains, and replace any wet wood.

  • Ensure the attic, crawl space, and basement have adequate ventilation, or install a dehumidifier.

  • Transfer items you store in cardboard boxes, like books, magazines, and clothing, into sturdy plastic totes with tight lids.

  • Store dry food products like rolled oats or flour in airtight containers instead of paper packaging.

The PEST Group can also help you to deter these pests to prevent silverfish damage to your belongings. Contact us today to learn more about our pest prevention and control services.

Consult The Professionals For Total Silverfish Control

Professional silverfish control is the simplest, most effective way to eliminate these insects and keep them from returning. The pros at The PEST Group have the knowledge and tools to determine how silverfish get inside, what attracts them to your property, and the best way to keep them out. Contact us today to learn more about our home pest control services or to schedule a free inspection.