What Are Silverfish Attracted To Inside Our Homes?
Since silverfish are attracted to moisture, having a moist environment inside a home will make silverfish feel right at home. A humid environment, leaky pipes or fixtures, or any other condition that causes moisture or water build up, will attract moisture-loving pests. But silverfish are also attracted to several other things, namely, things that they like to eat:
Books: Silverfish love to eat a good book. And they don't care if that book is something you plan to donate to Goodwill or a treasured keepsake that has been in your family for generations. Silverfish love to get inside a book and eat away at the glue that holds that book together.
Fabrics: Silverfish will also nibble on fabrics, especially if that fabric has food or drink spilled on it, or if it contains starches or adhesives. But they also enjoy chewing on cotton, linen, silk, and even leather items. If you have special clothing items stored away, such as a wedding dress, then it is not a good idea to have these destructive insects roaming around in your home.
Wallpaper: If you are fond of your wallpaper, silverfish are even more fond of it. Silverfish love to eat the paste off of the back of wallpaper. This will eventually cause it to sag and peel off the walls, and put a small, or perhaps not-so-small, dent in your wallet when you need to re-paper or paint.
Pantry items: Silverfish love to chew through packaging, exposing food to the air. This will either allow the food to spoil or get stale or, worse, you could find yourself face to face with a silverfish floating around in your cereal bowl.
Old photos: Silverfish will sometimes eat old photos and, literally, deface them. If you have memories stored away in a box of old photos and you have silverfish in your home, know that those memories could be erased.
If you are in need of keeping silverfish and other household pests out of your home, there are several steps you can take to reduce moisture in and around your home, and there is work that can be done to seal up the exterior of your home. But if you are finding these creepy, crawly, destructive insects inside your home already, you may need the help of a professional pest control company to completely eradicate them. Not only can we take care of your silverfish infestation, we can also help you seal up your home and provide treatments so that silverfish and other, more destructive, pests, do not invade in the future. Contact Moyer Pest Control today, and rest easy.