To Kill a Mocking Silverfish
by Barbara Lietke on 01/22/2019Categories: General Midwest News,
Have you recently noticed damages in your wallpaper, bookbindings, fabrics, and dry food items? Are there yellow stains on your beds and cushions? Your house may be free from ants, mice, and termites, but if you still have silverfish around, you’re in for a lot of trouble. Yes, Silverfish are tiny, but trust me, they can do some damage if left uncontrolled.
Silverfish are small insects about half an inch long. They got their name from their silvery, fish-like bodies that move in quick, darting motions. Silverfish prefer staying in dark, humid places like basements, beneath sinks, and laundry rooms.
These pests require extermination because they’re big nuisance. They are not in any way harmful to humans or animals, since they don’t bite or sting, but they can cause damage by nibbling on food, clothes, wallpaper, and other paper items. Silverfish destroy these things as their diet consists of starches, glue, mold, yarn, and silk.
Hardy little pests that they are, Silverfish are able to live up to a year without food. And they have lifespans that last up to eight years. You can probably imagine the amount of damage they could do.
Do you want to learn how to get rid of these pests? An insect extermination will do wonders, but there are simple things you can do to prevent an infestation. These steps include:
- Vacuuming cracks and crevices regularly
- Mend leaking pipes
- Get rid of stagnant water
- Keep closed rooms, attics, and basements well-ventilated
- Eliminate extra moisture sources, like faulty plumbing
- Keep your books and clothing in airtight containers
- Turn on the dehumidifier to get rid of moisture
Silverfish won’t magically disappear after a dose of insecticide; you will need to take the measures above to keep them at bay. The best thing to do is to call an extermination company like us to do the job.
If you would like us to get rid of your silverfish problem or any other pest-related issues, contact us at 630 968 0200.