Not as common as ants, cockroaches and spiders, but still notorious enough you can recognize them when you see these occasional invaders that include earwigs, centipedes and silverfish. In comparison to the major pests, the damage they do to property and structure isn’t as catastrophic and they are relatively harmless. But what these occasional invaders are capable is enough to make them an annoyance. Generally, their feeding and nesting habits is what causes most of the frustration if they are allowed to over populate. Today, we at Pest Control Technicians, Inc would like to expound a little more specifically on silverfish in your Philadelphia home.
Where Are Silverfish Found? Bathrooms, Kitchens & More
Silverfish have a teardrop-shaped body that features three long bristles on the rear that range in color from bluish-silver and white to brown-gray. They measure around ½ – ¾ inches long. People frequently run into these insects in stored boxes in garages and sheds as they are partial to the damp fabrics and paper. Silverfish prefer damp locations as well, and can be found in such places like bathrooms, kitchens and attics; but keep in mind; these insects are very adaptable and can easily survive most environments.
Where Do Silverfish Come from?
Silverfish can get inside in a number of ways, often through gaps around the door frames, and torn screens, along with cracks in the foundation. Additionally they are brought inside homes and business through plastic containers and cardboard boxes from stored they were recently infesting. Silverfish are also attracted to dirty dishes left in the sink.
Silverfish Damage; Are They Harmful?
Silverfish eat shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk, dead insects, carbohydrates, starches, sugars, as well as unopened packaged goods. Vintage clothing, clothing, clothing, wallpaper, and other such property are all known to be destroyed by these pests. Silverfish can potentially trigger allergies to some but are otherwise are not a major health concern as they do not transmit or spread disease. Silverfish can attract other predatory pests, especially carpet beetles is their biggest dilemma. Discovering tiny pepper-like feces around the damp corners as well as the damage they do on the books, paper, clothing, and so on are just a few signs there is a silverfish infestation. These little critters crawling along tubs and sinks are also frequently seen too. They can be fairly elusive as they are nocturnal and somewhat nocturnal. But like most pests, the longer they go undiscovered, the more populated the infestation of silverfish will become as they reproduce rapidly.
How to Prevent Silverfish
As mentioned, they survive in nearly any environments, but silverfish are more likely to be in places where the humid is high because of their preference to moisture. In the preferred moist climates nymphs develop quicker. To hinder the efforts of the silverfish’s progress, open up all the vents in crawl spaces, baseboards with caulking in basements, with diligent housekeeping you can minimize the their food sources, keep trash can lids secure and food stored in sealable containers.