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The Silver Bug In Your Souderton Bathroom Only Looks Scary

Advice From Moyer Pest Control

It can be scary when you see silverfish in your bathroom. Silverfish are strange-looking insects that, if they were larger, would be something out of your worst nightmares. Fortunately, they're only ¾ of an inch long, or smaller. But for some people, that isn't small enough to make them any less terrifying. If you're one of them, we have some comforting facts for you. Silverfish don't bite, pinch, or sting people. They don't spread harmful bacteria and they're not known to transmit human pathogens. They're just gross. Really gross. So very very gross. Okay, you get the point. But, before we lull you into a state of complacency, there is some bad news. There are many ways silverfish can be a problem. Here's what you need to know.

silverfish crawling in bottom of glass in bathroom

6 Ways Silverfish Can Cause Trouble In Souderton Homes

  1. Do you have shelves filled with books? Silverfish can damage your collection. These insects feed on the glue in book bindings and also on the paper. They do, however, have a preference for paper that has been in an area of high humidity. If your books are kept dry, the paper will be far less interesting to silverfish.
  2. Do you have clothing? Most people do. Silverfish can damage clothing because they chew on the glue that holds fabrics together. This can be a serious threat if you have a wedding dress in storage that was passed down from generation to generation.
  3. Do you have wallpaper? Silverfish eat wallpaper to get at the glue that holds it to your walls. This can lead to a costly mess.
  4. Do you have old photos, the kind that had to be developed? Silverfish can make a meal out of those precious pics.
  5. Do you have sugar, coffee, and other pantry products that have starches? Don't be surprised if you find silverfish in them.These insects can chew through paper containers and get into foods.
  6. Do you have hair? Silverfish feed on hair and eyelashes. This may lure silverfish to climb into bed with you.

Silverfish Are A Warning Sign

When you see silverfish in your home, you need to recognize what it means. These insects don't go into just any ol' home. They have a preference. They get into homes that have moisture issues. That means:

  • You probably have damaged ground around the outside of your home due to clogged gutters or a similar issue.
  • You probably have wood rot.
  • You probably have wood-damaging pests chewing on the rotted wood of your home and creating holes. Silverfish don't chew their way in.
  • You probably have areas of high humidity inside your home.

When moisture is allowed to damage your home it can lead to wood rot, increased pest infestation, mold, fungus, pest damage, and more. You may want to thank those silverfish for bringing this to your attention.

Silverfish Prevention Tips

If you don't have silverfish yet, there are some things you can do to keep them from becoming a problem. These tips are for the exterior of your home.

  • Make sure your exterior is as dry as possible. Clean your gutters. Fix any breaks in your gutter system. Remove tree branches to allow the sun to dry shaded areas. Trim bushes to allow the wind to dry top soil after watering.
  • Do a detailed inspection of your exterior and seal any holes, gaps or cracks you find. Many entry points can be sealed with the help of a caulking gun or some expanding foam.
  • Make sure all your weatherstripping and door sweeps are working properly.
  • Make sure your screens are in good working order.

If you have discovered silverfish in your home already, try these tips to eliminate them:

  • Lay cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, citrus oils, or some other natural insect repellent down.
  • Install dehumidifiers and fans to dry humid rooms.
  • Put pantry foods in sealed plastic or glass containers to reduce food sources those insects will subsist on.
  • Contact Moyer Pest Control. We provide the highest level of pest control service in Souderton.

Silverfish aren't likely to harm you. But they can be a problem when they get into your Souderton home. Take steps to reduce moisture, seal entry points and reduce food options. If these aren't enough, remember that the team at Moyer Pest Control is standing by to help you eliminate these scary insects.

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