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Frequently Asked Questions About Silverfish

What are silverfish?

Silverfish are small insects that belong to the scientific classification of Zygentoma. They are wingless and have tear-dropped shaped bodies, a greyish-silver color that gives them their name, and a pair of long antennae. Silverfish move in a rather fish-like side-to-side movement, something that also adds to their name.

A silverfish infestation may be frightening to encounter due to the way these insects move and their prolific nature.

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Are silverfish dangerous?

While silverfish are not known for biting humans or transmitting any serious diseases, they can still be fairly problematic when they invade your property. These insects are highly active at night and they are known for feeding on starchy things or high-protein items. If you have an infestation of silverfish around your property, they will emerge overnight to feed on items like clothing, books, stored food items, and fabrics. Over time, this can create costly damage and irreparable damage to your items.

Professional silverfish removal is the best way to avoid the damage that an infestation of these pests brings.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish are very attracted to warm and moist spaces, and you may find that you have a silverfish problem as a result of moisture issues around your property. These problems combined with gaps and cracks around your property’s foundation or windows and doors allow silverfish to invade your home and an infestation to begin.

Where will I find silverfish?

Silverfish are most commonly found in dark, damp areas. You are most likely to encounter silverfish around basements, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, or anywhere else that provides lots of moisture and secluded space. Decluttering interior areas and utilizing dehumidifiers when necessary help to combat potential infestations of this pest.

Outdoors, silverfish tend to hide under piles of debris, near decaying matter, and around long grasses or damp areas such as porches, decks, and crawl spaces.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Getting rid of silverfish might seem like a difficult task at first, but you don’t need to tackle this process all alone. Our pest management professionals at The PEST Group are here to help you defeat infestations of these pests and reclaim your property from the troubles that silverfish bring. With our help, you can skip less-than-effective DIY remedies and ditch store-bought products; the best way to get rid of silverfish is through reliable professional home pest control and commercial pest control services.

Contact The PEST Group today for more information or to request a free inspection.

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Prevent future infestations of silverfish by utilizing these expert tips once our pest management professionals have removed silverfish completely from your property:

  • Reduce excess moisture around your property as much as possible to stop damp or humid conditions from attracting silverfish; utilize a dehumidifier indoors and fix leaks in interior areas.

  • Keep outdoor areas clear of debris piles and decaying matter, clean gutters to prevent water buildups, and ensure outdoor spaces have proper drainage to prevent moisture from accumulating.

  • Seal cracks around your property’s foundation, windows, and doors, and install weatherstripping and door sweeps to totally silverfish-proof interior areas.

  • Store all leftover food properly and ensure that pantry items are kept in airtight containers to make it difficult for silverfish to scavenge these items.

  • Declutter interior areas often, clean food and drink spills promptly, and dust frequently in addition to clearing pantries regularly to prevent silverfish from scavenging and hiding around interior areas.

And remember, reach out to The PEST Group today for a reliable silverfish exterminator near you.

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