Spiders, ants, cockroaches, and perhaps rodents among others are common pests to home and businesses that few are not always surprised to see in their homes or businesses. However, there are occasional invaders such as centipedes, earwigs, and silverfish, that are more of a nuisance, but can cause their share of damage. Being likely to cause damage to some extent and the unsanitary conditions, most pests, including the occasional invaders, are never welcomed. Though the occasional invaders are not menacing, the damage they can potentially cause is frustrating. Until the numbers get out of hand, more often than not, people do not notice these infestations. We at A Five Star Termite & Pest Control would like to further expound on silverfish as the occasional invaders are likely to show up in Kentucky homes.
You Do You Identify Silverfish?
Being identified by the three long bristles on the rear, silverfish average ½ and ¾ inches in length and are teardrop-shaped bodied insects. Being commonly brown-gray and bluish-silver, there coloring is dull and plain to give them more of advantage to blend in the area. They do not require the moisture to survive and can adapt to nearly any climate, the do require moisture to flourish, making them most likely inhabiting the kitchens, attics, and bathrooms, however, they can be spotted area in the house.
What a Silverfish Eat?
Unopened packaged goods, dead insects, starches, carbohydrates, linens, silk, shampoos, glue in book binding, and other residues are included in the silverfish’s diet. Their insatiable appetite causes damage to destroy clothes, vintage clothing, wallpaper, books, and other valuables. Under door frames, cracks in the foundation, through torn screens, and other methods is how silverfish typically intrude. Those who follow a more dedicated housekeeping regime are less likely to deal with silverfish as they are more attracted to filthy dishes left in the sink and other neglected cleaning aspects. Additionally, silverfish are inadvertently brought into homes through plastic containers and cardboard boxes.
Should I Be Worried if I Find a Silverfish?
Although they can potentially trigger allergies to those sensitive to them, silverfish are not a serious health risk. Carpet beetles especially, and other predatory insects can be attracted to silverfish. A silverfish infestation is seeing tiny pepper-like feces around damp corners or damaged clothing, wallpaper, and books. When they are crawling along tubs, sinks, and carboard boxes is when these nocturnal insects are discovered since the silverfish are very secretive and are not likely to be seen until their numbers get out of control.
How Do You Get Rid of Silverfish & Keep them Away?
Because the nymphs will develop quicker in optimal climates, as mentioned, the silverfish thrive in humid climates. They require little to survive, as they are very adaptable, controlling the damp areas in your home can slow down their reproductivity. Especially getting the dishes done and keeping the surfaces of the floor and countertops cleaned, ensure to manage the housekeeping as well. Make certain the trash bins are covered and your food supply is well secure in pest-proof containers. Install quality screens in front of the windows and repair any cracks and gaps in the foundation and structure as well make certain the home is well-sealed with weather stripping around the doors. Before bringing them inside your home as well to minimize silverfish intrusion, inspect packages and second hand items.