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Silverfish

Silverfish

These common pests are small, wingless insects roughly .5-1 inch long. Their tapered bodies and quick movement gives them the appearance of a fish. They are nocturnal, require a relatively high level of humidity, and can usually be found in attics, basements, bathtubs, sinks, & showers. They lay their eggs in small crevices and a single female can lay up to 100 eggs in her lifetime. These unsightly pests can really put a damper on your damper areas. Call Burns today so we can eliminate your silverfish.

Silverfish are tear-drop shaped insects with three long bristles at their rear and can vary from white-brown to bluish-silver in color. They thrive in dark, damp environments and are often found in laundry rooms, basements, bathtubs, sinks, and kitchens. They are especially attracted to paper, cardboard, linen, and damp clothing. They feed on carbohydrates, specifically sugar and starches. Silverfish are often found feeding on linen, silk, shampoos, glue, etc. and are known for being destructive eaters – causing property damage to items as they feed.

Silverfish are nocturnal insects who move quickly and often go unnoticed. For this reason, it is common to have an infestation for a while before it is realized, which can quickly get out of hand. If there is a silverfish infestation, it is likely there is also another issue in your home including mold, spider infestations, termites, or ants as silverfish feed on mold, are food for spiders, and host termites and ants. They are also unaffected by many over-the-counter pesticides. For these reasons, we strongly recommend a professional inspection and elimination plan in cases of silverfish infestation.

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