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Souderton's Ultimate Silverfish Prevention Handbook

Silverfish In Souderton

If silverfish were large creatures, they'd look like something out of a science fiction horror movie. Fortunately, they are tiny insects. An adult silverfish is about ½ inch long. That's really small. If you get close to a silverfish and examine it, you'll see that it has a silver or tan coloration and a shiny skin that looks like armor. It gets its name from its teardrop-shape, which looks like the shape of a fish when you're looking down at one. It also moves a little bit like a fish. But perhaps the features you'll notice most are the long antennae on its head and the three appendages on the tip of its tail, which also look like antennae. When these insects appear in your Souderton home, it can be disturbing. But they're not just gross houseguests. Silverfish can damage your stuff. They feed on starches and this can lead them to put holes in your clothing, photos, documents, books, linen, bedding, curtains, and more. They can also get into your stored foods. Here is a quick guide to help you get control of silverfish and protect your belongings.

silverfish on tiled floor

Indoor Moisture Control

Silverfish require a humidity level of 70 to 90 percent. They won't do well in your common areas. But a humid basement, cellar, boiler room, crawl space, bathroom, laundry room, or storage room can be ideal locations. The secret to getting control of these insects is getting control of the humidity.

  • Install dehumidifiers in areas of your home that are humid, or install a dehumidifier system to control the humidity throughout your home. Sometimes, both are needed.

  • If you have a crawl space under your home, consider having it encapsulated.

  • When you take a bath or shower, be sure to use the fan in your bathroom to vent the moisture out.

  • If you have a jetted tub, refrain from leaving water in your tub between uses.

  • Fix leaky faucets and pipes that are causing moisture issues.

Outdoor Moisture Control

The more silverfish you have around your home, the more likely you are to have an infestation take root in your home. Reducing moisture can have a big impact on the silverfish population near your home.

Make sure your gutter system is clear.

  • Make sure there are no breaks in your gutters, splash blocks, or downspouts.

  • Trim vegetation in your landscaping to provide better airflow.

  • Trim tree branches to let the sunlight into areas that stay shaded and damp.

  • Fix plumbing leaks and hose leaks.

Maintain A Clean Perimeter

There are conditions that can lead to elevated moisture and harborage options for silverfish. Neither is good. Use these tips to make the habitat around your home less than ideal for these insects and other moisture-loving pests.

  • Rake leaves around your home and remove them.

  • Remove sticks, grass clippings, and other organic piles.

  • Create an 18-inch dry zone near your foundation walls.

  • Move objects that are near your foundation wall.

Seal Exterior Entry Points

There are many ways silverfish can get into your home but damaged wood is the most likely point of entry. These entry points are created by wood-destroying pests, such as carpenter ants and rodents. If you have holes in the wood of your home, these need to be filled in. A caulking gun is the perfect tool for a quick fix. Check door and window frames and the sole plates of your home.

Silverfish can also get in through common entry points that other pests use, such as gaps around door and window frames, gaps in weatherstripping, and holes in damaged door sweeps.

Added Protection

Whether you want the best protection possible, or you need pest control but are unable to do any of the tips above, reach out to Moyer Pest Control. We provide ongoing treatments that help to repel and eliminate pests around the exterior of your home. If silverfish have gotten in, we can help with that as well. We provide advanced pest control solutions for pest infestations. Our licensed and highly trained pest professionals can eliminate these insects and help you protect your belongings from damage. Contact us today and request a pest control inspection to get started.

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