Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) are neither fish nor silver. Silverfish are insects known to wreak havoc in many Phoenix, Arizona homes. They aren’t very dangerous but can trigger allergies and cause significant property damage. For this reason, your pest control in Phoenix should eliminate these tiny creatures.
You would not want to live with silverfish in your home, especially if a family member suffers from allergies. This guide will help you learn to tell if you have a silverfish infestation and the best way to get rid of silverfish from your home.
How To Tell If You Have A Silverfish Problem In Your Home
If you see a silverfish or silverfish feces in your tub or on the floor, it’s likely these creatures have already infested your home. Since these insects are secretive and nocturnal, it is difficult to notice them unless the problem has gotten out of hand. The most obvious sign that they are in your home is the damage they cause. These insects eat carbohydrates so that you may notice your books, wallpaper, cartons, etc., eaten. Look for silverfish infestations in dark and wet areas like:
- Laundry rooms
- Gym rooms
Why You Don’t Want Silverfish In Your House
As is expected, silverfish in Phoenix will come into your home looking for food. While they are not dangerous health-wise (unless you have allergies), these creatures are incredibly destructive.
As already mentioned, the central part of the silverfish diet is carbohydrates, so you won’t be surprised to note that silverfish eat clothes, silk fabric, linen and cotton, curtains, books, family photos, papers, glue, and more. And if these items aren’t available, they can attack your polyester and leather items.
Unfortunately, these insects are hardy. Even without food, they can stay alive for over a year, and silverfish lifespan is about six years. This is perhaps the main reason you should call ACTION Termite & Pest Control for the best home remedies for silverfish.
How And Why Silverfish Find Their Way Into Your Home
Shelter, food, and moisture are the main silverfish attractants in your Phoenix home. These creatures can access your house through screen tears, foundation cracks, and gaps under or around windows and doors. The more entry points you have, the more these animals, including other insects, will get into your house.
Used containers and boxes are the places you will likely find them hiding in. You can also find them in clothing, books, and other items you store in your house. So, to prevent them from coming into your home:
- Discard second-hand containers you don’t need. Check for silverfish infestations before bringing any second-hand items into the house.
- Clean your house regularly to eliminate spills and crumbs. Also, keep checking your books.
- Store your foods well; if possible, keep them in airtight containers.
- Check your plumbing system for any leaks. Fix any leaky faucets and pipes.
- Seal all entry points, including cracks, crevices, gaps, and holes.
The above measures are reasonable but cannot substitute for calling professional silverfish exterminators.
Why You Should Call The Pros About Silverfish In Your Home
Silverfish mostly hide in crevices and cracks, making it difficult to get rid of them. That’s why you need to call professional pest control experts that can offer precision treatments. These experts use techniques that target the hard-to-reach small silverfish habitat and exterminate them.
Working with ACTION Termite & Pest Control is the best decision you can ever make. We select products carefully to execute effective pest control. All the products we use are environment, pet, and people-friendly. Call us today for Silverfish pest control in your Phoenix home.