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What are silverfish?

Silverfish are small, teardrop-shaped insects with metallic coloring. They both look and move like wriggling fish and are surprisingly fast moving. These pests are also known as bristle tails because of their three tail-like appendages. Silverfish grow between ½ and ¾ of an inch in length, not including their tail. They have threadlike antennae and widely separated eyes. They don't have wings, but that won't stop them from getting where they want to go in your home. They are strong climbers and can survive for weeks without food or water if there is enough humidity to sustain them.

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish don't bite or sting, and they don't spread disease or cause structural damage to homes. But that doesn't mean you want them hanging around your house. What silverfish do damage is anything made out of paper. They will chew up books, envelopes, and wallpaper. You won't need to worry about a silverfish bite, but any materials silverfish find and are able to ingest are at risk from silverfish damage, including glue and clothing, as well as pantry goods like rolled oats and flour. 

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish can enter homes in a few different ways. Some enter homes on their own, while others are brought inside on infested items. Once inside, silverfish lay an average of one to three eggs per day, steadily increasing their population the longer they are inside a home. It is important to check items like cardboard boxes for silverfish and other pests before bringing them inside. Also, check the exterior of your home for items that are stored against the building, creating easy entry points.

Where will I find silverfish?

Silverfish do best in areas with temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees and above 70% humidity. So, where do silverfish hide? While they can be anywhere in your home, you will most likely find them in basements, attics, kitchens, bathrooms, and garages. They are also common pests in commercial buildings where they'll nest inside wall voids or under the subflooring.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

If you notice more than the occasional silverfish in your home, it will be important to get them out. The best way to do this is with help from the professionals at ACTION Termite & Pest Control. We can provide safe and effective home pest control solutions tailored to your specific pest control needs. Get silverfish out and keep them out with help from ACTION Termite & Pest Control. 

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Silverfish are adaptable creatures, and keeping them out of your home can be hard. Some of the steps you can take to prevent silverfish include:

  • Eliminate entry points: Seal cracks and crevices in your exterior walls and foundation, install weatherstripping and door sweeps, and replace or repair torn screens.
  • Eliminate excess moisture: Silverfish thrive in high humidity. Reduce this resource by fixing leaky plumbing, maintaining drainage, addressing condensation, using dehumidifiers, and replacing moldy wood inside your home. 
  • Eliminate food. Silverfish don't need a lot, but cutting down on available food sources can encourage them to keep moving. Since paper is their primary food source, using plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes is a great place to start. 
  • Eliminate hiding spots. Vacuuming often can help remove silverfish before their population has a chance to grow. 
  • Work with a professional. When in doubt, it's never a bad idea to seek assistance from an experienced professional.

If you are looking for help preventing silverfish or other pests on your property, call ACTION Termite & Pest Control today. Our Phoenix pest solutions are unmatched- reach out to us today!