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Why Are There Silverfish In My Souderton Home?

June 9, 2021

 

If you've ever splashed too much water outside of your bathtub, or put your dishes away before they were dry, you might've discovered some interesting little insects scuttling around after a while. These insects are called silverfish, and they love moisture. They're not dangerous pests to have around your Souderton home, but they can get pretty annoying, especially if you prefer to keep your wallpaper and book collection without bite marks.

Interesting Facts About Silverfish

a silverfish on a bathroom wall

Silverfish are small and slender, only growing to about ½ to 1 inch in length. They have flat, teardrop-shaped bodies, and they get their name from their bluish silver coloring, along with how they glide across surfaces like a fish. They don't bite, they don't spread any harmful pathogens, and they only cause minimal household damage, so overall they're one of the more harmless pests to have around your Souderton home.

While they are mostly harmless, they can still cause some havoc while they're around. Silverfish eat things that contain starches and carbohydrates, such as:

  • Sugars and sugary foods

  • Paper and photos

  • Glue, especially wallpaper paste

  • Hair

  • Bookbindings

  • Shampoo

  • Linens and silk

What Attracts Silverfish To A Souderton Home

The most attractive quality that silverfish look for in a new habitation is excessive moisture. This could be caused by something as simple as putting dishes away before they're dry, splashing too much water around the sink and bathtub, or simply the humidity from the washer and dryer. Unfortunately, though, it could also be a warning sign for underlying leaks in your home.

Of course, silverfish can't get inside unless they can find an entrance. Homes have a way of making cracks and holes as they settle over time, and sometimes extreme weather conditions can play a part in compromising the integrity of your walls and foundation. Another less savory reason for easy access to your Souderton home could be from water damage.

How To Prevent A Silverfish Infestation In Your Souderton Home

The best way to keep silverfish out is to make sure there's no way for them to get inside, and no reason for them to try to get in:

  • Make sure there aren't any leaking pipes, and repair any pipes that are broken

  • Wipe up any water spills as soon as they happen

  • Regularly ventilate any rooms that retain moisture, and invest in a dehumidifier for those difficult to dry areas such as bathroom, laundry room, basement, and kitchen

  • Store food in airtight containers

  • Locate and repair any cracks and holes in the exterior of your home and foundation

  • Store all clothes in a dry environment

  • Repair caulking around baseboards, sinks, bathtubs, and other areas that collect moisture

  • Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly to remove any food particles lying around

  • Clean up any food spills when they happen, and wipe down countertops regularly

  • Remove any dead leaves, brush, and debris from the perimeter of your home

Getting Rid Of A Silverfish Infestation In Your Souderton Home

These pests may only be a nuisance, but they're still not fun to have around your Souderton home. Trying to get rid of them on your own may not be as easy as you'd think, either. These pests are nocturnal, and they're pretty good at staying hidden, so it's easy to think you've caught them all when they've gone into hiding instead. Not only that, but store-bought pesticides can contain harmful chemicals that could hurt you and your family.

When you need reliable, effective pest control, there's no better company to trust than Moyer Pest Control. As a company that's been around for over a century, we know a thing or two about excellent pest control. Our highly trained pest control technicians only use the best quality pest control products in all of our treatments, and every treatment comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee; if those pests come back before we do, we come right back out and re-treat your home at no extra charge. So give us a call at (215) 660-3642 and let us take care of you.

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