The Secret To Keeping Silverfish Out Of Your Charlotte Home
February 14, 2020
So, you’re at home minding your own business when you see a metallic, carrot-shaped insect crawling across the floor. It kind of moves like a fish, slithering its way from point A to point B. What could it be? It’s kind of cool-looking, but it’s still a bug, so should you be concerned? And are there more lurking somewhere?
These are all valid questions, but let’s take things one at a time. First of all, these shiny crawlers are silverfish. Silverfish are wingless, tear-shaped pests with bristles and antennae coming out of their narrow frame. They are silver-blue in color (hence their name) and range in length from about ½ inch to 2 inches long. They’re commonly found in areas of high humidity like around showers, bathtubs, and sinks, and in kitchens. They feed on carbohydrates like sugars and starches.
Sure, silverfish may be intriguing to look at, but there are some important characteristics they possess that make them particularly annoying. These nocturnal pests are swift. They run very quickly and are hard to see, so it’s not uncommon for an infestation to go unnoticed. These sneaky crawlers can easily slip into tiny cracks and crevices of your house, making themselves comfortable in dark, damp areas like the bathroom, kitchen, and basement.
When silverfish make their way inside your home, they are looking for moisture. They seek out cool areas with high humidity in places such as cabinets, closets, storage rooms, and laundry rooms. They can also be found behind furniture, and even hidden in the pages of a book. You can find them in the carpet, photo albums, linens, silk, clothing, glue, plaster, and sugar. They are determined to get those polysaccharides wherever they can find them.
Despite their unpleasant presence, silverfish aren’t dangerous. They don’t pose any threat to human beings other than being a nuisance pest that can indicate a larger infestation. You’re probably wondering what you can do to make your home less attractive to silverfish. We’ve rounded up some of the best prevention tips for maintaining a pest-free home and decreasing your chances of a silverfish infestation.
Since silverfish are so dependent on high humidity for their survival, one of the best things you can do to try to get rid of them is to eliminate excess moisture. That, and implementing appropriate storage and cleanliness measures should help reduce conducive conditions in your home.
Repair leaky fixtures such as faucets and pipes.
Maintain proper ventilation.
Install a dehumidifier.
Seal off cracks, crevices, and entry points.
Reduce clutter and vacuum book bindings.
Check packages and cardboard boxes before bringing them inside.
Store linens and other fabrics in sealed containers.
In addition to these prevention methods, there are a number of silverfish repellents on the market. You can spend a pretty penny and test them out, but the truth is, it is unlikely that they will take care of the infestation completely.
Once silverfish make their way into your home, it seems like they’ll never go away. They are pretty resilient survivors and have a longer lifespan than your average insect. (Fun fact: some silverfish can live up to eight years if they avoid being eaten.) They are desired prey for common bugs like spiders, centipedes, and earwigs. So, if silverfish are in your home, they are likely to attract other pests that hunt them.
The best thing you can do in the event of a silverfish infestation is to contact pest professionals. Aruza Pest Control proudly services the residents of Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Our quality pest control services are customized to meet your needs and our certified experts are with you every step of the way. Contact us today, we look forward to your call.