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Winter Silverfish

January 21, 2016

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It is winter here in West Chester, PA, and that means if silverfish were going to get into your home, they're already inside. These tiny silver bugs move quickly to exploit any rotted hole, developing crack, broken frame, and missed gaps on a continual basis, but especially when temperatures start to drop. Today we're going to cover a few things you should know about silverfish that have chosen your house to hide in through the winter.

  • Silverfish do not hibernate. If you have these little bugs in your nice cozy home, they are going to be active all winter long.

  • Though they don't hibernate, silverfish can go into a state called diapause, where their development is arrested for a period of time due to a lack of favorable living conditions like cold temperatures or a lack of food sources.

  • Silverfish are cold blooded creatures that cannot control their body temperature. But, in a state of diapause, they can alter their blood composition to form a sort of antifreeze that will keep them from freezing. For this reason, they can be found in some surprisingly cold places in your home during the winter months.

  • Silverfish love moisture. Not only are they not able to control their body temperature, but like many cold blooded creatures, they have a hard time regulating their body moisture. This will encourage them to be in areas that are moist or high in humidity.

  • When you see silverfish in winter, avoid the urge to crush them. This can stain light-colored surfaces.

  • Silverfish that have invaded your home for the winter, or any other time of the year, do not pose any physical threat to you. They do not bite humans and they are not known to spread disease. These creatures are attracted to starches and sugars, which make them a danger to anything that has these items in them like: carpets, clothing, paper, photos, plaster, wallpaper, book bindings, paintings, and tapestries. In a pantry, they will eat rolled oats, flour, starch, dried beef, and sugars--basically anything that has protein or carbohydrates. They are also known to eat dandruff and hair. This makes the bathroom--which already draws these insects in because it is one of the most humid rooms in your home--even more of an attractant for silverfish.

  • A dehumidifier, fans, and proper ventilation can make rooms too dry for silverfish to be comfortable.

  • Hard plastic, sealed containers will do well to protect pantry items from these pests.

  • These are a pest that can damage important documents, clothing, artwork, and more.

When you want to know for sure that your belongings are safe from silverfish, it is time to hire an expert who knows how to get them out of your walls, and out of your home. If you're seeing silverfish in your West Chester home this winter, Moyer can help. We offer complete solutions for silverfish and a whole host of other household invaders. Improve your safety and quality of life with pest control from Moyer Indoor | Outdoor.

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