Everything You Need to Know about Silverfish

AWST | Posted on September 19, 2014

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You won’t find silverfish in any lakes or streams, but you might find them in your home. Silverfish are small insects that get their name from the silvery appearance of the scales that cover their bodies. Typically less than one inch in length, silverfish eat anything that contains carbohydrates and proteins, including rolled oats and dried meats. Silverfish can also devour paper, photographs, linen, and silk. Because silverfish reproduce quickly, you should hire a professional pest control company in Long Island to get rid of these pests for good. Read on to learn about identifying, treating, and preventing a silverfish infestation in your home.

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Signs of a Silverfish Infestation

Silverfish are relatively easy to spot thanks to their distinctive appearance. Look for silverfish anywhere in your home that’s humid or moist, such as below a sink or behind your water heater. If you notice damage to books and boxes stored in humid areas of your home, such as your attic or basement, contact an exterminator to look for and treat silverfish in your home.

Getting Rid of Silverfish

While there are plenty of DIY remedies for getting rid of silverfish, these tiny pests reproduce quickly, which means you might be fighting a losing battle if you are trying to get rid of silverfish on your own. A pest control professional in Long Island will be able to eliminate both adult silverfish and their eggs to effectively rid your home of silverfish for good.

Preventing Silverfish from Returning

Once the silverfish are exterminated, take steps to prevent another infestation. Use a dehumidifier in your home to decrease moisture and make it less attractive to silverfish. Get rid of old magazines, newspapers, and empty boxes in your attic and basement to remove easily accessible silverfish food sources. Even lighting areas under refrigerators and stoves can discourage silverfish from taking up residence in your home. Regular visit from your pest control provider will also keep silverfish at bay.

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