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Keeping Silverfish Out Of Your West Chester Home

September 27, 2016

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Silverfish, a wingless insect that is silver in color, about ¾ of an inch long, and sometimes gets into homes. They can be extremely hard to kill since they hide in cracks and crevices and have a high tolerance to insecticides. But, should you be worried about them being in your home? Are they just creepy, disgusting insects? Or can they actually do harm?

Do you know what silverfish eat? Well, they eat anything that contains polysaccharides. And in case you don't know what this is, here is a list of some of the things that contain polysaccharides. Drum roll please… Silverfish eat sugar, hair, dandruff, coffee, carpeting, photos, stamps, cards, glue, book bindings, paper, baseball caps and other hats that contain glue, and some paints and plaster. But that's not all. Silverfish also eat things like cotton, linen, silk, pasta, toothpaste, and cardboard.

If you have anything in your home that is made up of these materials, then having a silverfish infestation is not a good thing at all. Here are a few more silverfish facts, and tips on how you can keep them out of your West Chester home.

Facts about silverfish:

  • Silverfish are able to scale walls, and even ceilings, and can drop on people from above.

  • These creatures prefer damp, dark places, and can live as long as 8 years. And they are actually able to live for several months without eating anything at all.

  • Silverfish can be seen in the daytime but, since they prefer darkness over light, they are most active during the night time hours. Because of this, they can sometimes go for long periods, multiplying, without being detected.

  • A female silverfish is able to produce up to 20 eggs in one day.

  • If left alone to multiply, the chances of these insects contaminating food products and damaging items in your home will continue to increase.

 Keep silverfish out of your home:

  • Seal up the outside of your home. Inspect your foundation and walls for gaps or cracks and seal these up with a caulking gun. Make sure to pay attention to areas around pipes, wires, air conditioning units and other items that enter your home.

  • If you have mulch around your home, consider removing it and replacing it with a dry material such as crushed rock.

  • If you have bushes or trees that touch your foundation or walls, trim these back so that silverfish cannot use them as bridges to your home.

  • Remove sources of water outside, and inside, your home. Repair any leaky pipes, sinks, tubs, toilets, and any other items containing water. And place fans or dehumidifiers in places where moisture tends to collect, such as around the base of a toilet that is "sweating."

  • Make sure you home is free of crumbs, leftover food, or spills. Cleaning this way may help keep silverfish from sticking around.

  • Team up with a professional pest control company. This will definitely keep silverfish from sticking around.

The pest control team here at Moyer Pest Control takes pest invasions seriously, and we have the products and experience to get rid of this and other destructive pests that invade your West Chester home. Start living in a pest-free home, with a little help from Moyer.

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