Silverfish are a fairly common presence in homes, often congregating in areas with access to water, like bathrooms or laundry rooms. Contrary to what their name implies, silverfish are insects that move very quickly when startled and are of no relation to fish. While they might not be as notorious as cockroaches, they are a huge nuisance because they eat just about anything they can find. In addition, they are difficult to get rid of without professional help. There are a few important facts to be aware of when it comes to silverfish.
What Attracts Silverfish?
Silverfish come out at night. They congregate in areas with water, so you are more likely to see them in the bathroom or kitchen. They also like dark areas because their eyes are sensitive to light. Therefore, it is not uncommon to find them in basements or near shaded areas of your property. For example, decks and porches are two common hiding places for silverfish.
Because silverfish like water, areas around the exterior of the home that have excess moisture are very attractive to these pests. They also enjoy eating rotting wood, in part because it provides a damp space for them to enjoy their meal.
How Are Silverfish Prevented?
The first step to getting rid of silverfish is to reduce the amount of excess water in and around the home. Check for leaking pipes and fix any issues that you find. Run a dehumidifier. Eliminate areas of standing water outside. Clean out gutters. Even the small steps you take to dry out your property can make a big difference.
Silverfish love to eat, so it is also important to limit their food sources. Clean up around your home, making sure that you don’t have old papers or magazines laying around. Books are attractive to these pests, so put anything you don’t need (but still want to keep) in an airtight container. In addition, don’t forget about your food, which silverfish can invade as well. Place dry goods into plastic containers to keep them fresh and away from pests.
Finally, get rid of objects in the yard that may be providing shade and cover to silverfish. By eliminating clutter outside as well, you’ll see a noticeable reduction in the overall amount of pests around your property.
Why Are Silverfish A Problem?
Because silverfish cause damage to homes and the objects in them, it is important to deal with an infestation as quickly as possible. EnSec Pest & Lawn is ready to respond quickly if you are dealing with silverfish or another invasive pest.
Silverfish like to eat, and they aren’t discerning about what they eat. If they find their way into your home, they may prove difficult to get rid of. By taking steps to keep them out in the first place, you can save a lot of time and aggravation.