Silverfish

silverfish

What do silverfish look like?

Silverfish have a shiny gray or silver looking appearance. They are a thin insect with a tapered body. They have a rounded head and thorax area that becomes pointed and thin at the abdomen. They have 2 long antennae. There are 3 long bristle-like appendages coming from the back of the body, almost appearing as though there are 3 antennae on the abdomen. They grow to about 3/4 inch long. Silverfish do not have wings. 

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Are silverfish dangerous?

Even though silverfish look like they would be right at home in a sci-fi or horror movie crawling into someone’s ear it is extremely unlikely it would ever happen. Silverfish do not bite humans or pets. It is possible to find a silverfish crawling on you or near you because they do eat dandruff. They do not carry diseases. They are typically just considered a nuisance pest. 

Silverfish habitat.

Silverfish need moist areas with high humidity. This makes kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and other similar areas prime silverfish hangouts. Not only is the environment of the bathroom perfect for silverfish this area provides ample food for them. Here they can feed an dandruff, hair, even shampoo. Other items they are known to feed on are glue used in books, linen, silk, dead insects, and cellulose found in wood. 

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Sticky traps are an easy way to catch silverfish in an area you know they are active. You can use a rolled up wet newspaper to draw them in and make home out of it. After a few days dispose of the newspaper and the silverfish. Make a trap out of a jar. Put a starchy or sugary food/product in a glass jar then put tape around the outside so it has a textured surface to climb up. Once it goes in the glass jar it can’t crawl back out because of the smooth glass surface inside. 

How can I prevent silverfish problems at my home or business?

Start off with a routine maintenance pest program from a pest control expert like those at Walker Pest Management then follow these tips should help prevent any silverfish problems in your home. 

  • Keep dry foods in sealed containers. 
  • Dust and vacuum home often. 
  • Keep kitchens and bathrooms clean. 
  • Run fans and dehumidifiers in homes that are high humidity. 
  • Keep piles of yard debris  at least 20 feet from house. 
  • Make sure crawlspace is properly ventilated. 

If you suspect a silverfish problem contact Walker Pest Management for a free quote.

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