Have you been frightened while washing your face as you spotted silverfish running across your bathroom mirror? Silverfish has a scaly flat body with many antennas sticking out everywhere and resembles a metallic alien fish. Since they are nocturnal insects, they often scurry away when exposed to light. Because they move incredibly fast, it is challenging to catch them. While silverfish are risk-free to people, they may invade your home/business. Silverfish don’t induce structural damage to homes or spread harmful pathogens. However, silverfish can be accountable for irreversible damage to personal possessions. Once these pests come inside your home, they can be hard to get rid of.
Accurate Pest Control exterminators in San Antonio are here to prevent a silverfish infestation on your property. Prevention is always better than cure, so you must focus on areas in your home that may be an ideal habitat for silverfish. We believe prevention starts both inside and outside your house.
Our Accurate Pest Control exterminators in San Antonio have outlined five tips for preventing silverfish infestations in your home:
Fix any leaks in plumbing, clogged gutters, or areas where water could pool in your house.
Clean the outside of your home thoroughly; remove piles of damp leaves, grass, mulch, or wood.
Use a dehumidifier in moist areas of your home to diminish humidity.
Seal any cracks or holes in your foundation, and outer walls as silverfish mainly breed in these areas.
Make sure all enclosed areas of your home are well-ventilated.
Here are three bonus tips on preventing silverfish from invading.
Keeping surfaces dust-free and general cleanliness eradicates a significant food source for silverfish.
Seal all food in air-tight storage containers, eliminating access to possible food sources.
Hoard personal belongings in a dry area using bay leaves or cedar, as it is known to help repel silverfish.
Silverfish love carbohydrates and starches? A common sight for someone with a silverfish invasion is a silverfish plunging out of a cereal box, a sack of flour, or a packet of oats. Silverfish enjoy moist, humid areas with dark corners and are commonly found in kitchens, attics, and cellars of homes. Silverfish don’t eat the carbs and starches that humans eat; they enjoy consuming carbs out of paper, fabrics, and glue. They are known to devastate books and old albums and permanently stain clothes in a wardrobe.
These nocturnal pests can go up to a year without eating/drinking, which is one of the reasons it is so hard to get rid of them! If you have seen a silverfish closely, you will see a wax coating on their exoskeleton; this allows them to absorb moisture. Also, they reproduce often and have a lifetime of 8 years.
We hope these deterrence tips keep your home/property free from silverfish. But if they don’t and you still spot silver, contact the professionals at Accurate Pest Control’s exterminators in San Antonio. Say goodbye to annoying bugs forever; call us today for a free quote on 210-263-3183.