Silverfish get their name from their white to silver-like color and scaly appearance, similar to that of a fish. They thrive in dark, damp environments and are often found in laundry rooms, basements, bathtubs, sinks, and kitchens. Although small, these pests are destructive eaters, feeding on carbohydrates, specifically sugar and starches. While they are especially attracted to paper, cardboard, and damp clothing, they have also been known to feed on linen, silk, shampoos, glue, and more. They pose few health risks to humans but can be a menace to your home and belongings.
How to Identify Silverfish
Aside from their white-brown to bluish-silver color, Silverfish are tear-drop-shaped insects that can measure up to 3/4 of an inch with three long bristles at their rear. Because they like to hide in dark, damp environments, you’ll often find these pests hanging out around the drains of faucets around your home. Basements are also attractive to silverfish, which is also commonly where they make their way inside: through cracks in your foundation. Humans may unknowingly transport these pests in boxes as well.
If you think your home is being invaded by silverfish, check sinks and drains where they might hide as well as stored paper products and fabrics, as damage to clothing could be a sign of an infestation. Pepper-like droppings near possible feeding sites can also be an indication of a silverfish problem.
How to Prevent Silverfish in Your Arizona Home
If you’ve found signs of a silverfish infiltration, creating an uninhabitable environment is the best course of action for getting rid of them. Controlling the humidity throughout your home will keep the nymphs from developing and deter adult silverfish as well. Sealing entry points with caulking will also eliminate a silverfish’s ability to enter your home in the first place. In addition, maintaining a strict cleaning schedule and getting rid of boxes as soon as possible will not only limit the silverfish’s food supply but also get rid of possible hiding spots.
Let Burns Pest Eliminate Your Silverfish Problem
Silverfish can multiply quite quickly, making it hard to curb an infestation once it starts. If you have tried everything to rid your home or business of silverfish, it might be time to call the pest control pros at Burns Pest Elimination. Proudly serving the Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, and Las Vegas areas, our trained pest control experts will inspect your home, determine the source, and develop a treatment plan to eliminate these silver fiends for good. Don’t let silverfish chew you out of house and home—request your free pest control quote today!