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What Are These Creepy Creatures in My Home?

March 24, 2016

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If you've ever had the displeasure of finding silverfish in your home, then you know that they are among the creepiest of critters you can find indoors. They are fast moving, slither in a fish-like motion, and they seem to come out of nowhere. They are definitely disgusting bugs. But, they are also quite fascinating. Here are some things you may or may not know about silverfish.

Facts About Silverfish:

  • First of all, silverfish are not fish, they are a wingless insect that has a silver coloring. They do not grow larger than ¾ of an inch long, and their bodies are thicker in the front, and taper towards their end, like a teardrop.

  • Silverfish are capable of scaling walls and ceilings.

  • Silverfish live a long time, for insects, with some living up to 8 years, according to Texas A&M.

  • Silverfish prefer to live in damp, dark places, like under bark and leaves, but they can also be found inside houses, typically in areas such as basements, garages, bathrooms, and kitchens.

  • Silverfish prefer foods that are high in starches, proteins, and sugars and, if inside a home, they can often be found feeding on fabrics, paper, wallpaper, vegetables, pasta, sugar, toothpaste, cardboard, or even dead insects.

  • Silverfish, according to Texas A&M, can live for an entire year without eating!

  • A female silverfish will produce eggs continually, sometimes as many as 20 eggs in a single day, which she will deposit in protected areas such as crevices and cracks. That means, if you have a few silverfish, it won't take long for that population to grow exponentially.

  • Silverfish are hard to kill. They possess a high tolerance to insecticides.

  • Silverfish are mostly active at night. If they are in your home, they can go for long periods unnoticed, as they reproduce, contaminate food, and potentially damage items in your home.

So, now that you know a little more about silverfish, you probably would like to know a little more about how to keep them out of your house. Here are a few tips on how to keep them outside:

  • Keep your house clean. Focus on areas where food sources are present, removing any crumbs or spills. Regularly vacuum cracks and crevices around your home.

  • Keep your house dry. Focus on areas that tend to be moist, such as basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. Make sure areas are well ventilated, and use fans or dehumidifiers, if needed. Also, repair any leaky pipes or faucets.

  • Store all foods in the refrigerator or in tightly sealed containers.

  • Contact a professional pest control company.

When you need silverfish eradicated, the pest specialists here at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor can help. We don't just know a bunch of interesting facts about these little creepy bugs. We also know how to get rid of them; and, that is the most important fact of all.

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