After looking at what a silverfish eats, it’s clear why they are a household pest. Their diet can consist of glue, wallpaper paste, book bindings, paper, photographs, starch in clothing, cotton, linen, rayon fabrics, wheat flour, cereals, dried meats, leather and even dead insects. Silverfish often live in damp, cool places, such as basements and laundry rooms. Sometimes they are found in a bathtub or sink, unable to climb out.
Silverfish have flat, elongated bodies covered with scales and have two long, slender antennae at the head, along with three antennae-like appendages at the rear. These three appendages, one directed straight back and the other two curving outward, plus the two antennae, are nearly as long as the body. Sometimes these insects are known as “bristletails.”
The silverfish adult is about 1/2 inch long with a silver or pearl-gray color. The gray silverfish is about 3/4 inch long and uniform light to dark gray.
Sanitation is important but not entirely effective in reducing silverfish populations because insects often reside between wall partitions, in insulation materials, in books and papers, among book shelves and in other protected places. What you can do is remove old stacks of newspapers, magazines, papers, books and fabrics, and clean up spilled foods and food that has been stored for long periods of time. Reducing available water and lowering the home’s relative humidity with dehumidifiers and fans is often helpful. Repair leaking plumbing and eliminate moisture around laundry areas. Lighting a dark, sheltered area may force these insects to move to new sites where they can be controlled more easily. Once the infestation has been eliminated, sanitation will help prevent re-infestation.
Aerex Has the Solution
Aerex technicians understand the habits of silverfish and use that knowledge when developing a silverfish control program that is best suited to your home and your particular silverfish problem. Our technicians are professional, state certified, licensed applicators.
At Aerex we pride ourselves on fast, responsive service every day. All appointments are scheduled at times that are convenient for you. Call us for a free consultation at 847-255-8888.
Did you know
Silverfish bugs have been around for over 400 million years. To put this into perspective: they were on the earth 100 million years before dinosaurs existed. During that time they have built quite the immune system – they have an amazing tolerance to bug poisons, which can make them difficult to eliminate.