The Homeowner’s Guide to Silverfish: What they are and How to Get Rid of Them

If you have an issue with Silverfish or think that you may have a problem with Silverfish, you may find yourself scouring the web for information. Getting the information that you are seeking is not going to ease your anxiety. However, it will help you eliminate them from your house. You can remove the mystery of having them in your home by knowing what they do and how they act. Here are some fun facts about Silverfish and how to keep them out of your house.

 

Silverfish

Facts

Silverfish are some of the oldest insects alive on earth. Silverfish are said to be around a hundred million years older than dinosaurs. In case you don’t know how old dinosaurs are, this means that silverfish are supposed to be over four hundred million years old. Silverfish never grew wings, however. They are extremely fast and can take cover quickly when they become exposed. It protects them from predators. They are the most active during the night.

Silverfish’s bodies wiggle as they run. It makes them appear much like a fish when it is swimming in water. Truthfully, they have scales that are the ones found on a fish. It is most likely the reason why the name makes you think it is a fish rather than an insect. Silverfish shed their skin, even as adults. It is uncommon for insects. It means that you can find their skin in areas that they are the most active. They also can stick to almost any type of surface, providing an easily noticeable secondary sign of infestation.

If you are looking for your home trying to find the silverfish, look in areas that are moist and humid where foot traffic is uncommon, and food sources are plentiful. Silverfish do not need water very much but require high amounts of sugar, starches, and proteins. They are most likely to find these substances in the wallpaper of your home, fabrics in your closet, newspapers, books, and even other insects that have died. Silverfish are essential to the outside world as decomposers.

If you don’t think you have a Silverfish problem or aren’t looking for them, it is likely you may notice signs in the tub or sink. You may think they are climbing up the drain, or lying in wait for you to find them. However, porcelain and other materials commonly used in the construction of bathrooms, are difficult for Silverfish to climb. Silverfish can live anywhere from three to eight years. Female Silverfish can produce anywhere from two to twenty eggs in their life. They typically lay their eggs in protected areas, such as under carpet or inside the cracks of your home.

 

How to Remove Them

Silverfish are not an insect that you want in your home. While they may be useful to the ecosystem, they can destroy your home. They can make their way through your clothes and your wallpaper. They can survive in nearly any environment, but prefer situations that are extremely humid. The nymphs grow quicker in this area. One of the most natural forms of prevention is to lower the humidity in your home. You can do this by using baseboard with caulk. You can also ensure that you are regularly cleaning your house. Keep all food in a sealed container and make sure that you take the trash out every day and sweep the floors. Make sure that you clean the counters and remove any crumbs from home. If you find yourself facing a Silverfish infestation, your best course of action is to consult professionals. Bug Guy Services environmentally friendly pest control methods help in removing such pests.

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