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Why Silverfish Present A Problem For New Castle County Homeowners

April 30, 2019

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Some bugs are scarier looking than they are dangerous. This is the case when it comes to the silverfish. Although they pose no threat of illness or injury to humans, they are still a bit frightening to come in contact with. Their teardrop-shaped body is equipped with three bristles that stick out of their hind end and two long antennae that stick out in front.

If they’re not dangerous, do you have any reason to worry about them invading your home? The short answer is, yes. But here’s the long answer to why silverfish present a problem for New Castle County homeowners.

Why Silverfish are a Problem

Although they don’t spread disease or cause injury through bites or stings, silverfish are not a pest you want to have in your home. They cause a lot of damage wherever they’re found due to their diet.

Silverfish prefer carbs, starches, and sugars, so they’re likely to be found in your pantry, contaminating your food stores, or on the floor gobbling up left behind crumbs. They don’t stop there though. Some of their favorite meals also include damp books and clothing. If you end up with a silverfish infestation, you are in for a lot of wasted food and property.

How Do Silverfish Get Into New Castle County Homes?

Silverfish can get into your home through small holes, gaps, and cracks in your walls, windows, and foundation. Do an inspection around the outside of your house to find and seal these openings.

Silverfish will be attracted to your home by three things: Food, moisture, and seclusion.

In order to prevent silverfish from invading, it’s important to keep these three things under control. Keep all food, especially carbs, stored away in sealed containers. After eating, clean up dirty dishes and any spills or messes.

Rooms with high moisture levels, such as bathrooms, should be kept as dry as possible. Ensure good ventilation and use dehumidifiers if necessary.
Keep an eye on dark, moist areas, such as the area under the kitchen sink or the laundry room. Do not leave damp laundry lying around.

What to Do if Silverfish Get Into Your New Castle County Home

If you discover silverfish in your New Castle home or if you’d like to take a proactive approach to prevent them, call Moyer Pest Control. We offer year-round protection from a variety of pests, including silverfish, and have several pest control options to suit your specific needs. Give us a call to learn more about your options.

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