Should You Be Worried About Silverfish?

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This is an insect that eats old photos, wallpaper, books, filed papers, dandruff, and other items that contain starches or polysaccharides. They also get into food areas looking for sugar, grains, oats, and cereal. Inside your home they can eat away at valuable paper products, cause mildew, and ruin a good meal--if you don't realize they've chewed their way into your food. So, what do you think? Should you be worried about silverfish?

How did I get silverfish?

Silverfish are hitchhiking insects like the bed bug. Most often they will get into books, furniture, clothing, boxes and other items, and get carried onto your property and into your house. They can also get in through walls, especially on an old house.

Where do silverfish hide?

Silverfish prefer moist areas. The first place you'll usually see them is on the bathroom floor. If you see one silverfish, there is a good chance there are hundreds living in your walls. A single female can lay 100 eggs in her lifetime and it only take 3 months from egg to adult. It doesn't take long for silverfish populations to get out of hand. They will crawl through your wall voids, pass through attic crawl spaces, get into moist basements, and other dirty moist areas.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Silverfish are hard to get rid of because they live in your walls and can't be driven away by hiding food and water sources. A silverfish can live without food and water for a year. You can, however, make them less comfortable by ventilating moist areas and using a dehumidifier. This won't eradicate them, but it will drive some away, and can keep the rest from coming out of the walls.

Fully protecting your property from silverfish requires the help of a professional pest control company. They know how to properly administer pesticides without endangering your family, and they can show you how to seal up entry points. Sign up for a treatment plan that covers silverfish and a host of other invasive pests and make 2015 the year you became pest free.

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