Silverfish are widely considered to be nuisance pests, although they have been known to cause some extensive property damage. Additionally, the presence of silverfish in your home can be a sign of greater issues. As such, you need to know the best methods for keeping silverfish out of your Orlando home. Moreover, you should also know what silverfish control options you can count on if they manage to infest your home.
These unique looking insects have tapered bodies that resemble an elongated teardrop. They are generally brown or gray with silver fish-like scales covering their bodies, and also have long appendages and six legs coming off both ends of their bodies, as well as six legs that they use to move quickly throughout homes.
Silverfish prefer dark, moist environments in which to live. Therefore, while outside, you might find them under debris, rocks, or garbage cans or in leave piles and woodpiles. Though common outside pests, when the weather becomes too hot for them, silverfish will make their way inside of structures, usually entering through cracks and holes in the foundation, windows, and doors. Once inside, they will seek out moisture-friendly areas such as basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens.
Threats Posed By Silverfish
Although silverfish are mostly considered to be nuisance pests, they can still cause some damage to your property. They can contaminate dry food in your pantry as they eat it. They have also been known to damage curtains, clothing, books, wallpaper, and rugs. On top of damaging items themselves, silverfish can also be harbingers for further problems in your home.
Given their propensity for seeking out moisture-friendly environments, a silverfish infestation could mean you have moisture issues in your home. Moreover, if silverfish can get inside, that means your home is exposed to other pests that can cause even more damage. Any way you look it at, you should do what you can to keep silverfish out.
Silverfish Prevention Tips
The primary reasons for silverfish to enter a home is because they are abundant in moisture-rich areas, stores of dry food to feed on, and limitless entry points. With that in mind, mitigating all of these is how you can best keep silverfish out of your home. This means:
- Using dehumidifiers to keep moisture levels low around your home.
- Fixing any leaky pipes, fixtures, or air conditioners.
- Making sure all tubs, toilets, and sinks are not clogged and draining properly.
- Storing dry goods in containers with airtight lids.
- Keeping stored paper and clothing items in plastic containers with lids.
- Sealing any cracks in the foundation of your home, windows, and doors.
- Installing door sweeps under exterior doors.
- Keeping any clutter, debris, and vegetation away from the exterior of your home.
For Total Silverfish Control
If you require assistance in dealing with a silverfish infestation around your home, contact the professionals here at Green Flag Services right away. Ask us about our silverfish control services which will not only eliminate any silverfish currently living in your home but will prevent them from returning, as well. Don’t let silverfish overtake your home. Give us a call today.