You would never take a bite out of your carpet, would you? You wouldn’t eat your clothing, right? Even if you were starving, your home’s fabrics would never save your life. This is because humans are not made to eat things that are this fibrous. They provide us with no nutrients. They do, however, provide plenty of nutrient value for pests like silverfish. These small bugs love to invade homes and damage fabrics. If you have never thought about the many problems silverfish can cause, here are some things to consider today, including some tips to keep them out of your Orlando home.
What Are Silverfish?
Silverfish are strange-looking insects with bristle-like tails, fish-shaped bodies, and metallic silver scales. These small insects are about ¾” long and are mainly found in temperature-controlled environments like the inside of homes and businesses. Silverfish thrive when there are plenty of things around for them to eat. If you didn’t know, these pests feed on fibrous materials like carpets, drapes, furniture, clothing, and other items that are made of fabric. These invasive pests also eat strange things like shampoo, glue, and dead insects.
Where Do Silverfish Live?
When they are able to, silverfish live in dark, damp, and secluded areas like basements, attics, and bathrooms. In these areas, these pests hide inside boxes, cabinetry, and near places where clothing, books, and other tasty items are stored. If silverfish venture out into your home, you might find them crawling over your furniture, through your carpets, and in other areas where they can maintain a bit of stealth.
The Dangers Of Silverfish
Silverfish are not known to bite people, they are not venomous, and they do not carry or spread any diseases. The only harm these pests pose is with their destructive nature and the mental frustration that comes with finding holes in pieces of clothing, furniture, and other items.
Natural Ways To Stop Silverfish
If your home is currently silverfish-free, now is your time to take action to naturally prevent these pests. This is done in a few ways and will require a trip or two to the hardware store. To break things down for you today, here are some simple tips and tricks to follow.
- Purchase a caulking gun and some high-quality silicone caulk from the hardware store. Use these tools to seal up holes and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation, spacing around window/door frames, and gaps around utility piping and wires that lead into your home.
- Inspect your home’s weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens. If any are damaged and can be repaired, do so. If they are worse for wear, purchase new sweeps, screens, or weatherstripping and replace them yourself.
- Address moisture issues around your home. This includes fixing leaky pipes, cleaning out your gutters, and using a dehumidifier indoors.
- Store dried food like rice, beans, and pet food inside air-tight containers.
- Store fabric-based items, books, and other things that silverfish like to eat inside plastic totes.
How To Get Rid Of Silverfish
Once silverfish invade, they are a pain to get back out. Make sure these destructive pests don’t cause damage around your living areas; get them out with help from Green Flag Services. We will search your home for signs of activity, eliminate silverfish using advanced control methods, and suggest some long-term pest control strategies to keep pests out in the future.
Contact our team now to learn more about our comprehensive pest control services and to discuss your options with one of our highly trained and friendly pest control representatives. We will find your best solution for pests around Orlando