Silverfish Identification & Prevention

What are silverfish?

Alien-like in appearance, silverfish are “unique” looking insects that often find their way into our homes. Their body is wider at the head area and tapers toward the tail giving their body a carrot or teardrop-like shape. They are brown or gray and covered in fish-like scales. Silverfish are wingless but use their six legs to move quickly from place to place. Their most distinctive physical feature is the “bristle-like” appendage that extends from their hind end. These pests prefer to live in a dark, moist environment.

a silverfish on concrete

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish are more dangerous to our property and food than they are to us. Silverfish love to feed on a variety of things, including cellulose, glue, dead insects, and dry goods stored in the pantry. When feeding, they cause problems like contaminating food and damaging books, wallpaper, stored clothes, and rugs.

It is important to remember that if silverfish can find their way into your home, so can other pests, which could cause a lot more damage. Also, because silverfish have high moisture needs, their presence could indicate a moisture problem around your home that you need to address.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish often find their way inside through cracks in the foundation or pieces of structural wood damaged by water. They also move with ease under basement or sliding glass doors that don’t close tightly. Silverfish live outside in areas of damp soil but will move inside while searching for food or when the weather is too hot and dry for them to live comfortably.

Where will I find silverfish?

Any secluded area or area that provides damp soil is where you may find silverfish. Typical places that silverfish hide around our homes include:

  • Under trash cans or compost bins
  • Under mulch in landscaped areas
  • In the soil in gardens
  • Under woodpiles or landscaping ties
  • Under potted plants

If silverfish move into a home, they travel to areas that provide them with ample moisture such as kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and crawlspaces. Typical gathering spots are around drains, sinks, and bathtubs.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

At Green Flag Services, we understand that silverfish are a nuisance and difficult to control and eliminate. If you are having problems with silverfish on your property, reach out to us today. We can provide you with the silverfish control services needed to get rid of silverfish and to prevent them from returning.

If you need help removing silverfish or other pests from your DeLand, Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Baldwin Park, Lake Nona, or Lake Mary, FL, residential or commercial property, call Green Flag Services today!

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Don’t allow silverfish to take over your home and yard. Partner with the professionals at Green Flag Services and put into place the following easy to implement prevention tips:

  • Use dehumidifiers, fans, and air conditioners to deter these moisture-loving pests.
  • Fix leaky pipes, faucets, and air conditioners.
  • Make sure tubs and sinks are draining properly.
  • Rake mulch, soil, and leaf debris back from your home’s foundation.
  • Cut overgrown shrubbery back away from the exterior of your home.
  • Keep silverfish out of your house by sealing cracks in the foundation, spaces under doors, and placing covers on vents and drains.
  • Keep pantry areas clean, organized, and free of crumbs and food debris.
  • Store dry goods in containers with airtight lids.
  • Instead of using cardboard boxes to store items in your home, use plastic containers with locking lids.
 

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