Silverfish are a common pest that is treated in the Pacific Northwest. These insects often find their way inside homes as they consume household items. It is best to treat for these bugs when you initially see them before an infestation occurs. In this article, we will go over silverfish characteristics for proper identification, cover ways you can avoid silverfish from entering your home, and what you can do if you see silverfish inside.
Silverfish are considered ancient insects. These bugs have a lineage that dates back millions of years. These insects have a unique appearance with a long, slender body covered in silver scales. They have three tail-like appendages in the back, two long antennas in the front, and six legs on the front half of the insect’s sides. Silverfish are known for their smooth, fish-like movement. These bugs are typically around ½ inch long but can grow up to ¾ inches long. Silverfish are most commonly found in damp, humid places that are dark, such as basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and attics. Silverfish are the most active at night and are skilled at hiding in tight cracks.
Silverfish primarily eat materials that are found such as starchy foods, glue, and various textiles. Some of these materials include flour, pasta, paper products, wallpaper, cotton, silk, and more. Because the majority of their diet is found inside the home, it is important to ensure that all potential entryways are sealed and closed at all times. This will prevent silverfish from entering the home. It is also important to keep food stored in air-tight containers making their food source difficult to access. Without a solid food source, these insects have no reason to stay in your home.
If you notice a silverfish infestation within your home, the best thing to do is to perform a deep cleaning of the area and home. This includes vacuuming the infested area and providing additional attention to small cracks and crevices where larvae and eggs could be hiding. Another way to get rid of silverfish from your home is by reducing the humidity. You can do this by using a dehumidifier or by creating proper ventilation throughout your home. Even after successfully cleaning your home, it is important to continue to practice preventative measures. By keeping your home clean, sealing entryways, and keeping food sealed in air-tight containers, silverfish will have a harder chance of surviving.
If the infestation is too large and takes more than a deep clean, the best thing you can do for this pest problem is to call the professionals with expert solutions. Here at Insight, we believe in giving your home the peace it deserves. Call us today for a free quote and to schedule your appointment!