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Get Those Creepy Silverfish Out Of Your Home

April 28, 2016

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What is the deal with those silverfish, anyway? They seem to be a sort of silvery, prehistoric, scaly insect that have learned to survive for all these millennia just to scurry out in front of you as you get ready to climb into the shower or scare you to death as it slithers across your hand while you are reaching in the back of your cupboard for those muffin tins you haven’t used in ages. While it may seem that their only purpose in life is to creep you out, they do serve a purpose in nature. In the wild, they will feed on cellulose, other dead insects, and organic materials. They mainly help our ecosystem by acting as a source to decompose organic material – a much needed task to be sure.

However, when they decide to take up residence in your home or office, they can become quite a nuisance. They are particularly drawn to food sources high in carbohydrates, proteins, and sugars which means that your books, fabrics, wallpaper, cereal, and vegetables are all on their menu. The good news is that aside from causing damage to personal property and contaminating food sources by crawling through them, they are relatively harmless. They are not known carriers of any pathogens that can be transmitted to people or pets.

Having said that, you should know that these insects in your home could be a sign of a more sinister plot by the insect world to invade your home – after all, if these insects have found a way past your defenses chances are that there are other insects that have as well! In fact, one of their staple food sources for silverfish is other insects so it stands to reason that they would be attracted to homes that offer this tasty source of protein.

Another hidden danger with silverfish is the fact that they are drawn to moist, humid areas. The appearance of silverfish could indicate a moisture problem at best or a mold issue at worst. If you are seeing silverfish in your home, you should begin to search for any areas of moisture such as leaky pipes or fixtures that need to be addressed.

If you are dealing with silverfish, or any other pest for that matter, consider calling in Moyer Pest. We have been successfully eliminating silverfish and other household pests from homes and businesses throughout our Pennsylvania service area since 1839. We have the experience, education, and products to eliminate whatever insects, rodents, and wildlife are invading your home; and we can identify the pathways that these pests are using to gain access to your property. Sealing entry points is a huge step in preventing re-infestation.

If you are battling pests in your home or business, you can trust Moyer Pest to safely and efficiently win that battle. Our affordable year-round pest control plans offer year-round peace of mind and may be just the thing to solve your pest issues.

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