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Why You Do Not Want Silverfish In Your Home

April 20, 2017

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Any homeowner who goes through that once a year ritual where everything gets turned upside down in the house for a thorough cleaning has the potential of finding some unexpected guests living in areas they wouldn’t expect. We quite often hear about people cleaning out the basement or garage only to be surprised by several tiny white insects slithering out from underneath a random box that has been picked up. These are likely silverfish, a common insect, though not seen often as they are rarely out in the open.

The silverfish is easily recognizable by their white or almost silver colored shell and long bristles and antenna. These pests can grow up to 19 mm long. They got their name from the slithery way that they move, especially when unexpectedly disturbed.

These pests find their way into the damp areas of homes. They are mostly found in basements, attics, and under sinks in the bathroom and kitchen. They tend to go undiscovered for quite some time until some unsuspecting homeowner picks up a long-forgotten box and finds them slithering around in the dark underneath it.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that silverfish are not a problem. They shiver at the sight of these slimy creatures, kill what’s there, and then move on. The problem with that theory is that by the time silverfish are spotted, it is very likely that there are many more hidden in your home that remain unseen. These pests breed very quickly, especially in humid areas.

Another mistake that people tend to make with silverfish is underestimating the damage that they can cause. Silverfish eat carbohydrates, a substance found in linen, books, cardboard, and wallpaper among other things. An undiscovered infestation of silverfish can do a huge amount of damage to items stored for safe keeping in basements and attics. Silverfish in the home can also attract other insects who hunt them. Centipedes, spiders, and earwigs all prey on silverfish, and all can be a potential problem for the families that live in the home.

Luckily, Moyer Pest Control can help keep your home free of silverfish and several other common pests that are found in your home all year long with our HomeGuard Protection plans. Think about being able to pick up a box or reach under the sink without fear of what might be underneath or what might crawl out of it? Imagine being able to protect your home and belongings as well as your family and your pets from the threat of unwanted pests. Moyer Pest Control can help make that happen for you at a price you can afford. Call us today to ask about our Platinum HomeGuard protection, or to go over the plan that fits your needs best.

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