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How Dangerous Are Silverfish In My Souderton Home?

September 7, 2020

 

Whether you’ve heard of them or not among the sea of other common pests that might invade your home, silverfish are a common nuisance here. These creepy, alien-looking bugs are more than just unsightly, they are incredibly difficult to get rid of. Learning how to spot them and curb their populations can help you stay protected from their nasty side effects.

What Are Silverfish?

Silverfish aren’t really fish. Rather, they are small, centipede-like insects with long legs and hard-shelled bodies. They get their aquatic name from their wet habitats and the way that they appear to “swim” across the ground in a pattern not unlike swimming fish. Really, they crawl around like other bugs and live both outside and in hard-to-reach areas indoors.

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You can spot them with the following features:

  • Shape: From the top, silverfish look teardrop-shaped, with wispy legs and antennae that splay from their bodies. From the side, they look almost flat.

  • Color: As their name suggests, silverfish are often shiny and gray, though they can also be tan or yellow.

  • Size: Silverfish aren’t very big, often only a few centimeters in length. Though, their long legs and antennae can make them look a bit larger than they really are.

What Damage Do They Cause?

Silverfish aren’t dangerous to people or pets and they aren’t known to cause serious damage like termites or rodents. That said, they can come with some side effects worse than just being gross to look at.

  • Contamination: Silverfish will forage for food or traces left behind on the areas where we eat and prepare meals. Some homeowners find the bugs inside of food containers or in the fridge or pantry.

  • Chewing: Silverfish will also eat cloth and fabric that contains fibrous material.That means damage to garments, curtains, and heirloom textiles.

  • Population: Once silverfish move in, they can quickly overtake a property. They breed and mature quickly, meaning a small infestation can quickly become a big problem.

Silverfish Prevention For Your Property

By the time a pest problem is noticeable, it’s often too late to do anything about it yourself. That’s why it’s important to keep up on easy prevention steps that make your home less attractive to invasive silverfish. It’s better to be proactive rather than reactive, after all.

Here are some easy steps you can take to keep silverfish away from your home:

  • Crack sealing: Bugs can make it in through impossibly small cracks or holes in the walls and floor. Silverfish are no different, so you should regularly check for and fix any faults you find.

  • Moisture control: Silverfish hang out in moist environments, so areas of a home where water pools or builds up are beacons for them. Proper pipe maintenance and ventilation, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, is a must.

  • Inspections: The only way to catch a pest problem early is to look for it. Rather than take that all on yourself, turn to the experts who can put a trained pair of eyes on your property.

Moyer Pest Control Has You Covered

Just because they aren’t dangerous or well-known doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about silverfish. A population can quickly grow out of control, and their unsightly nature and troublesome side effects aren’t something you want to experience. Luckily, Moyer Pest Control has all the information and solutions you need to stay safe from silverfish and other nuisance pests. Whether you simply want a peace-of-mind inspection of your home, or to get started on treatments for prevention or extermination of existing populations, you can trust Moyer Pest Control to get it done.

Don’t let silverfish become a nuisance for your home, trust Moyer for total protection.

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