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Why Silverfish May Be The Least Of Your Problems

What Seeing Silverfish In Your Home Really Means

"Where are these creepy silver bugs coming from?" This is a question you may be asking yourself if you are seeing silverfish slithering around on your bathroom floor, or perhaps in the laundry room or kitchen.

The fact is, if you have these insects invading your home, there is a good chance that you have damage to the outside of your home, and more than just silverfish are getting in.

silverfish crawling on a crack in the wall in pa

Silverfish Are Moisture Pests

There are many pests that are attracted to moisture. Silverfish are just one of them. If you have conditions around the perimeter of your home that keep things moist, you are sure to have pests such as silverfish and earwigs coming in close. If you want to deter moisture pests, make sure to remove moist conditions from around your perimeter. If you have a wood pile that has moisture trapped underneath, move the pile away from your home and cover it with tarps to keep it dry. If you have mulch surrounding your home that tends to stay wet underneath when it rains, consider removing it and replacing it with a dry material such as crushed rock. If you have vegetation up against your home that does not allow air and sunshine to dry the area after it rains, make sure to remove or trim back these areas so that they can dry out. Also, make sure your gutters and spigots are not leaking and leaving your outside walls and foundation wet.

Moisture Issues

If your home does have moisture issues surrounding it, and you are seeing silverfish inside your home, this means they are getting in somehow. And if they are getting in, damage has probably already been done to your home. To find how silverfish are getting in, carefully examine your exterior walls and foundation for tiny gaps and cracks. It doesn't take much of a crack for tiny creatures like silverfish to squeeze inside. And if there is moisture damage to the wood of your home, this makes it easier for many, more damaging, pests to get in. Wood-chewing pests, such as termites and carpenter ants will love you for it. And rodents will make easy work of an area that is softened by wood rot. You should also take note that if you have holes being chewed in your home by pests, this means that heat or cool air will be escaping and, consequently, causing your heating and cooling bills to increase.

The Right Conditions For Silverfish

If you are seeing silverfish inside your home, it probably means that conditions are right for them to want to stick around. The two things silverfish need most are food and moisture. There are a few things you can do to discourage them, and other pests, from staying. Carefully clean your home of foods that silverfish eat. However, take note that this can be challenging since these pests eat anything from carbohydrate-rich foods to wallpaper and dandruff! They also eat the glue from book bindings and many kinds of fabrics, including cotton, linen, silk, and leather. So, as you can see, it is impossible to remove all food sources of silverfish.

A second thing that you may have more success with is removing moisture from the inside of your home. This can be done by repairing any leaks you may have in pipes or fixtures, and by installing fans and/or dehumidifiers in areas where moisture tends to be a problem. It is also a good idea to always turn on the bathroom vent while taking showers.

Professional Pest Control Is The Solution

If you are seeing silverfish inside your home, there is a good chance that you have bigger problems. Water damaged structures invite a whole host of more dangerous and damaging pests to invade your home. The solution is to repair the damages that have already occurred and enlist the help of a professional pest control company to ensure that pests are eliminated and cannot make their way in again. With Moyer's year-round pest control plans, you can be assured that you will be protected from silverfish and a whole host of more dangerous pests. Reach out to Moyer Pest Solutions to request our pest control services today.

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