Silverfish are a flat, wingless, white to grey coloured insect, which are very quick on their feet and have a distinctively “prehistoric” look about them. They prefer to live in dark and damp places and can often be found in bathrooms, laundries and kitchens. Silverfish eggs are commonly hidden in tiny cracks and crevices, making it extremely difficult to locate. To spot them all, you may need professional silverfish control services.
Silverfish eat materials and foods that are high in protein, sugar and starch. They’re known for their destructive eating habits, consuming items such as books, wallpaper, starched clothes, rayon fabrics, glue, bookbinding, paper, photographs, cereals, leather and even dead insects. As a result, they can cause serious problems in large numbers. Call Rebel Pest Professionals today for silverfish control services that protect your home from these destructive pests.
Signs of a Silverfish Infestation
Live evidence of their existence can often be found in bathtubs, sinks or washbasins because they fall in and are unable to climb out.
Holes, notches on edges and surface etchings are all signs of a silverfish infestation.
Yellow stains, scales and pepper-like faeces may be present on infested materials.
How To Prevent Silverfish
Clean and store food correctly
Clean up any food particles after eating. Store dry foods in sealed containers in the cupboard.
Dust and vacuum often
Dusting will remove particles of starches or sugars that silverfish are attracted to. Regularly vacuuming will remove any eggs and prevent them from multiplying.
Remove items with adhesive
Silverfish are attracted to sticky substances. So, remove any stacks of paper, laundry, cardboard boxes, glue and any other items that could attract them.
Store clothes in a dry environment
Store clothes that you won’t wear for a while in sealed containers.
Cover up cracks, holes and openings to keep silverfish out and prevent them from laying eggs.
By opening windows and doors and using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom, you can reduce the amount of moisture, creating an uninviting space for silverfish. You can also get a dehumidifier to reduce moisture.
Get rid of piles of organic material
Clear the outside of your home from piles of brush, dead plants, wood, leaves and other damp debris.