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Why Do Silverfish Like My Home?

March 12, 2014

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Have you ever been in the bathroom and thought you saw a blue shimmer flash across the floor? Well, chances are you weren’t hallucinating, but rather saw a silverfish. Now, you’re probably wondering what a silverfish is and why are they in your bathroom and not the local lake. Silverfish aren’t actually a type of fish but are a species of insect. They are commonly referred to as “carpet moths”, or “fishmoths.” These pests get the name silverfish from their fish-like appearance. They have a long, flattened body that tapers at their back end with two long antennae coming off of their heads. Adults measure about ½ to 1 inch in length, and they have 3 long “cerci” coming off the end of their abdomen, one in the middle and one to the left and right. They move across the ground in a fish-like manner and are covered in light grey to blue colored scales that shimmer as they move.

Now that you know what silverfish are you probably are wondering why they like living in your home. Silverfish will enter into homes looking for food and for areas of moisture. Attics, basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms are all places they like to inhabit. They are nocturnal and like to hide during the day in dark areas within your home. Silverfish like to feed on any type of food that contains starches or complex carbohydrates. Photos, glue, wallpaper paste, dandruff, hair and sugar are all things that silverfish will eat when in your home.

While silverfish can be a major nuisance, they are not a danger to you or your family. Many people wonder “Do silverfish bite?”. Silverfish are not known to bite and they do not carry diseases. However, silverfish are capable of damaging personal belongings when they feed and should be eliminated from your home as quickly as possible.

As a homeowner you can do things around your home and property to try and deter silverfish from thinking that your home is a good place to reside. Some prevention tips from the experts at Moyer include:

  • Sealing any cracks found in your home’s foundation and in your siding.

  • Caulk gaps around exterior windows and doors.

  • Utilize a de-humidifier and exhaust fans in areas like attics, basements and bathrooms.

  • Keep clutter in storage areas to a minimum, The more clutter means the more areas they have to live, feed and hide in.

Silverfish are active all year long, and can be difficult to find and eliminate on your own. When dealing with a silverfish infestation it is best to get help from a professional exterminator. To get rid of silverfish, Moyer has 3 different comprehensive home pest control programs available foryou to choose from. Contact us today for more information about silverfish and what you can do to once and for all remove them from your home!

At Moyer Indoor | Outdoor we provide pest control services in West Chester, PA and all of Chester County.  We also serve Bucks, Delaware, Lehigh-Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.  


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