Have you been seeing silverfish? Maybe you have been seeing some interesting looking pests around and you don’t know what they are called. Silverfish are small, wingless insects that need humidity to survive, so they may enter your home looking for areas of moisture, especially during the drier months of the year. Silverfish are nocturnal insects and they get their name from the silvery-blue hue to their bodies and their fish-like movements. When silverfish are inside your home, they will be looking to feed on carbohydrates, including sugars and starches.
Spotting silverfish in small numbers in your home is not a huge cause for concern; if you just have a couple here and there, they are probably not taking over your property. If you begin to see more than just a few of these pests, you should contact the pros at All-American so we can show you how to get rid of silverfish in your home.
A lot of our customers want to know “are silverfish dangerous to humans?” Our answer would be a resounding no- these pests are not known to spread diseases or to bite humans, but they will destroy personal belongings, including books, papers, clothing and even wallpaper. You can find these hiding pests in dark and damp locations, including under sinks, in basements and in garages, but they’ve also been known to dwell in piles of clothing.
If you are looking to get rid of silverfish on your own, here are a few helpful silverfish prevention tips from the Tennessee pest control pros at All-American...
Eliminate areas of moisture or humidity; this can be done by installing a dehumidifier or fixing leaky faucets or dripping pipes. You can also use packets of moisture-reducing silica gel around your bookshelf, but be sure to keep them out of the reach of children. Removing the environments that silverfish thrive in can help eliminate populations of these pests.
Keep clutter to a minimum in areas where you have books, papers and other valuables stored. You want to avoid silverfish from damaging these items before they have the chance.
Seal off areas around the home as to create a tight seal that silverfish will not be able to make their way through in the first place. You want to seal areas around the foundation, windows and doors.
Following these helpful tips can reduce the number of silverfish you see around your home but may not be the final answer when it comes to how to get rid of silverfish for good. Our professionals have a lot of experience dealing with silverfish and other occasional invaders in your Middle Tennessee home, so contacting us at the first sign of a pest problem is your best bet. Contact us today to learn more about our silverfish extermination services and to schedule your first appointment with our experienced and knowledgeable technicians.