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Silverfish Identification & Prevention

What are silverfish?

Silverfish aren't the most common pests, but they might just be the most unsettling. Named for their teardrop shape, metallic scales, and fish-like movements, silverfish are unlike any other insect you've seen. They are nocturnal critters, are about ¾ of an inch long with long antennae and three bristle-like "tails." Silverfish don't need wings to move quickly; they will scurry past you before you even realize what they are.

Are silverfish dangerous?

You might not realize that silverfish aren't medically dangerous to people by their appearance. However, this doesn't mean they don't cause problems. Silverfish can trigger allergies as they stir up dust and leave waste. They are also notoriously destructive of paper products and items with glue. This pest can also get into linens, cotton, coffee, and, well, just about anything as they have an extensive appetite.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Like other home-invading pests, silverfish make their way inside through damaged screens and cracks in the foundation. They do so for easy access to food and protection from the elements. Your home can provide this pest with many eating opportunities with their extensive diet.

One thing, in particular, that drives silverfish to get inside is a temperature change. When it gets colder, silverfish will hide inside to survive. 

Where will I find silverfish?

Silverfish love moisture and a warm place to hide, so they tend to gather under sinks, in bathrooms, basements, and other storage areas. Silverfish stick to similar areas outside when they aren't invading a home, including under garbage cans, potted flowers, rocks, and other organic debris like leaf piles.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Professional pest control services are the best way to combat pests like silverfish. San Diego residents can contact us at Bite Away Termite & Pest Control! Our residential pest services cover pests like silverfish.

Before implementing treatments, we will inspect your property to get a complete picture of the pest pressures you are experiencing and help us tailor a plan to treat and prevent unwanted pests effectively.

Call us at Bite Away Termite & Pest Control to receive a free estimate and start with the services you need to have a home free of silverfish and other pests.

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

If you've had a silverfish infestation, you probably want to make sure they don't come back again. While the best way to do this is with year-round professional pest control, you should also use trusted tips to make your property less conducive to these pests. Because silverfish like a lot of moisture, make sure your home has proper ventilation, use dehumidifiers in the kitchen, bathroom, basement, and other areas of high humidity, and repair any leaks. Keep silverfish out by installing weather stripping, filling in gaps around windows and doors, and repairing any other cracks in your home's exterior. Ensure eating areas are clear of food debris like crumbs and store food in airtight containers. Replace cardboard storage containers with plastic and lids with a tight seal also help to keep pests like silverfish out. 

Don't forget to contact us at Bite Away Pest Control for help with silverfish removal and prevention!