Unlike some pests, silverfish won’t bite, spread disease, or even bother you most of the time. In fact, these nocturnal insects prefer to keep out of sight and avoid contact with their human cohabiters. A small, silver- or brown-colored insect, the silverfish is commonly found in many homes and commercial properties and often causes substantial damage over time. Here, Horizon Pest Control explains common silverfish sources, what attracts them, and what you should do if you see them in your space.
Common Silverfish Sources
Like many pests, silverfish will inhabit any spot that offers comfortable places to stay out of sight and plenty of their favorite foods. Because they prefer dark, damp spaces, silverfish are often found outdoors under rocks and logs or in wet piles of leaves. When they make their way inside, they typically make a home in dark, damp locations, such as bathrooms, kitchens, attics, and garages. In addition to heat, darkness, and moisture, silverfish are attracted to food sources that provide sugar and carbohydrates. They typically find these in books, papers, glue, food items, dead insects, cardboard boxes, and insulation.
In most cases, silverfish enter buildings through tiny openings that are easy to miss. When gaps around doors, cracks in walls and foundations, or torn screens are left unrepaired, they allow the insects to come inside undetected. Similarly, transporting boxes, crates, and containers that were once stored in infested areas provides another way for silverfish to invite themselves inside.
Due to their reclusive nature, the absence of bites, and their small size, silverfish often go undetected, even as infestations spread quickly with females laying up to 50 eggs at a time. In most cases, homeowners and business owners only realize their property is infested when damage appears, such as tiny holes in books, clothing, and food boxes or shed skins and tiny pellets in corners.
Even though silverfish aren’t dangerous, they can cause extensive damage if uncontrolled. The best way to counteract a silverfish infestation is with professional pest control services, like those provided by Horizon Pest Control. We use integrated pest management (IPM) to combine behavioral changes and the expert use of chemical solutions to eliminate pests safely and effectively. However, making a few changes can help support pest control and stop silverfish at their source. These include:
- Eliminate sources of food by storing cereal, dried meats, baked goods, and similar products in sealed, airtight containers.
- Vacuum carpets, furniture, drapes, and more daily.
- Use a dehumidifier to eliminate sources of moisture.
- Throw out old magazines, newspapers, and unneeded documents.
- Keep your yard free from wet leaves and paper.
You can also seal up cracks, repair torn screens, and eliminate any visible openings that might welcome silverfish inside. Consider sprinkling diatomaceous earth at these sites – this naturally occurring substance is toxic to silverfish but safe for people and pets. Be cautious about using pesticides from your local home improvement store, however. When improperly applied, these products are at best ineffective and at worst dangerous for your loved ones.
Protect Your Home and Office from Silverfish
Silverfish may be small, but they can cause big problems. If you’ve noticed these pests at home or work, contact Horizon Pest Control today. Our pest control experts have served New York, NYC, and Northern and Central New Jersey since 1970 with professionalism and trusted pest elimination. Call 888-612-2847 to schedule a consultation and request a free quote