Silverfish are considered nuisance pests and just like their namesake they are described as having a silver metallic like appearance and shape that is similar to that of a fish. Silverfish are about 1/2 an inch in length with three long extensions on their rear ends. Although silverfish have no wings and are unable to fly they are able to move very quickly. Silverfish have a tendency to hide so they could be causing damage that may initially go unnoticed.
What Attracts Silverfish?
Silverfish are capable of surviving in a wide variety of conditions but they prefer to live in damp dark areas of the home such as kitchens and bathrooms. They are attracted to damp clothing and paper products and can often be found in storage boxes. Silverfish are renowned for their destructive habits, and are especially attracted to items that contain carbohydrates including sugars and starches. Silverfish will often destroy paper products, book bindings, and clothing. They also eat dead insects and have been found in unopened packages of food. It is not uncommon for home and business owners to transport silverfish when carrying plastic storage containers and cardboard boxes into the property. They can also enter structures through damaged window and door screens, cracks in the foundation, and gaps around doorways. Leaving food uncovered or unwashed dishes in the sink can also attract silverfish.
Are Silverfish Infestations Harmful? Do They Cause Damage?
Silverfish are considered nuisance pests that can present minor health risks to you and your family. Although silverfish are not responsible for transmitting disease they can trigger allergies and respiratory issues in those individuals who are susceptible. Silverfish are also known to attract other pests including carpet beetles. Once silverfish become established inside a structure they can cause damage to clothing, upholstery and paper products by chewing and eating large holes.
Signs of a Silverfish Infestation
Homeowners often become aware of silverfish when they discover one in their bathroom sink or bathtub. It is not uncommon for homeowners to detect signs of silverfish when they open storage boxes only to find damaged clothing and signs of feces which are similar in appearance to black pepper.
Silverfish Prevention & Control
Silverfish are nocturnal and often go for long periods of time undetected inside properties which allows them to reproduce at rapid rates. Keeping silverfish out of your home requires more than one professional pest control treatment. Your Southeast Florida Pest Control professional will assess your home or business to determine the most effective form of removal for your specific circumstances. If you notice signs of silverfish in your home, contact Southeast Florida Pest Control to schedule your comprehensive treatment, control and maintenance plan to rid your property of silverfish, occasional invaders and other pests.