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What Silverfish Want

February 16, 2017

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Have you been trying to get a few boxes cleaned up in the basement and lifted one up only to find tiny little silver bugs slithering around underneath? If you are like most people, you probably jumped almost out of your skin. Silverfish are not anyone’s favorite thing to find in their home. From their slimy looking bodies to their antennas, most of us will shudder a bit at this unexpected intrusion during Saturday morning chores.

Silverfish are small insects and are typically a bluish-silver color. Their slender bodies have a hard exterior; and they tend to move like a fish, giving them their name. The silverfish is not uncommon. These household pests are attracted to our homes for a couple of good reasons. In the average West Chester household and all over the country, they tend to have an unlimited supply of their favorite foods and their preferred habitat all very close in proximity. Silverfish like dark and damp places. Mostly they are found in basements, crawlspaces, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens as these areas all tend to be higher in humidity than other areas of the house. From these areas, they can easily come out at night in search of food, preferring meals consisting of any item containing sugars and starches as well as mold and fungi. Items such as the glue in books and wallpaper, linens, plants, and even shampoo are all tasty treats as well.

Once silverfish have been discovered, it is important to note that they are most likely not new intruders. They are nocturnal and very secretive, and it is likely that they have been living there for quite some time - slithering in the dark, breeding, and laying eggs for a whole new generation to go on eating their way through whatever they can find while leaving behind damage to your home and your precious items that were probably being saved for something or someone special.

Silverfish are extremely hard to get rid of on your own. They are very good at hiding and move quickly when they are detected. They are also resistant to pesticides making over the counter options a waste of time. If you have found silverfish in your West Chester home, give Moyer Pest Control a call. Our technicians are highly trained to deal with these types of pests and have the tools needed to safely and completely remove any existing bugs as well as their eggs. Our staff will even go over ways that you can help prevent future infestations. By putting into place one of our year-round pest control programs you can know for sure that silverfish and other common household pests will not be a problem in the future.

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