Silverfish Are an Unwelcome Sight in Your Tulsa Home
December 24, 2019
There are many creepy-looking bugs in this world, but silverfish might take first place for being the creepiest. Many people don’t recognize them at first glance, but they can be quite startling, thanks to their terrifying appearance. While these pests are mostly harmless, their presence in a home may indicate an even spookier pest infestation. Read on to learn about how to identify silverfish and how to prevent them from infesting your home.
What Are Silverfish And Why Do I Have Them?
Silverfish have long, tear-drop-shaped bodies that look brown or silver due to the scales on their bodies. Their most identifying features are the three bristles at the end of their body and the two large antennae at the front. They’re wingless and move quickly by wriggling around like a fish, a distinct movement that earned them their name.
How Do Silverfish Get Into Homes?
These creatures tend to make their way inside in one of two ways: getting carried inside by accident or slipping in through cracks in search of food and shelter. In the former method, silverfish can hide in boxes, packages, furniture, and rugs and get carried inside when these items enter the home. In the latter method, frigid temperatures and dry environments force them to seek shelter in warm, humid environments, possibly your home.
Do Silverfish Bite?
Silverfish pose no threat to you or your family. They don’t bite or sting, and they can’t transmit diseases. (Their appearance makes them look more dangerous than they are.) However, they do pose a threat to belongings. Silverfish chew books, paper, boxes, carpet, wallpaper, and upholstery as well as personal items and items of value. They may also consume dry goods in your kitchen and contaminate them.
Once silverfish are inside a home, they are usually hard to find. They are sneaky and love to hide, so you might struggle to locate the source of the infestation but find nothing. Keep in mind that the presence of these creatures may indicate the presence of other pests. If silverfish are getting in, that means there are gaps and cracks in your home where other, potentially dangerous, pests can crawl through.
What Does It Mean When You Find Silverfish?
Silverfish tend to seek warm, humid environments. Their presence in your home may indicate potential moisture problems or leakage. Typically, these bugs get inside through cracks in water-damaged wood softened by fungi, mold, or mildew. There may be stagnant water sources or leaks that create moist environments that silverfish love to invade.
Prevent a silverfish invasion by eliminating sources of moisture throughout your home. Search around your home to find and seal possible points of entry. Install dehumidifiers in moist, damp areas such as basements, bathrooms, or kitchens. Fix any leaks and remove stagnant sources of water to eliminate moisture.
Can I Get Rid Of Silverfish On My Own?
While DIY prevention and treatments might help a little, they won’t solve your problem. The longer a silverfish infestation remains, the more likely other pests will invade your home, possibly causing damage to your property and your family. Nip the problem in the bug by contacting Montgomery Exterminating. We’ve protected Tulsa residents from silverfish and other troublesome pests since 1989.
Our highly trained professionals will identify the source of your infestation and lay out a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate silverfish. We provide custom treatment plans, excellent customer service, and guaranteed satisfaction when treating any pest problem. Reach out to us today for a free estimate or to schedule a consultation.