How To Eradicate Silverfish Permanently
What Are Silverfish?
Silverfish are not just annoying odd looking insects they can infest the home but can do damage to clothing, paper, books, wallpaper and contaminate food. The teardrop shaped, silver insects are most commonly carried into the home in boxes, on clothing or other items but they may enter through the smallest cracks or gaps in walls, floors and ceilings.
What Do Silverfish Eat?
They survive on carbohydrates derived from cellulose that is commonly found in paper and books. They will also consume food sources and often infest dry food such as cereal, flour, sugar, etc.
What Are The Dangers Of Silverfish?
Their feces can also be responsible for the destruction of these items. While Silverfish do not carry parasites or transmittable diseases they can be responsible for causing allergies in some people.
What Is There Preferred Habitat?
Silverfish prefer warm, humid or moist environments and are therefore commonly found in bathrooms and basements. However, once an infestation has occurred, they will spread throughout a house or other structure.
What Is The Silverfish Life Cycle?
Their life cycle consists of egg, nymph and adult and once they have started laying eggs, can be very difficult to get rid of. They have no breeding season or time and females commonly lay a few eggs every day once fertilization has taken place resulting in an ongoing stream of nymphs maturing into adults ensuring the survival of the species.
How Can You Eradicate Silverfish Permanently?
Although Silverfish are extremely delicate little creatures, they can be extremely difficult to eradicate due to their continuous life cycle. Eliminating an infestation permanently therefore requires a long-term plan rather than simply using toxic pesticides to get rid of an existing adult population. Five steps that can be taken to help get rid of and prevent Silverfish include:
- Food Storage
Make sure that all food is sealed up and stored in a cool, dry environment to avoid providing the insects with an additional food source.
- Eliminate Moisture And Humidity
Use dehumidifying agents in cupboards, closets and basement areas to reduce humidity and excess moisture. Turning on the air conditioner will also result in cooler and drier conditions. Check for leaky pipes and taps and have these repaired.
Seal-up cracks and openings where Silverfish may be gaining access. This is most important in buildings or shared properties where the insects can easily migrate from neighbors. Also close up spaces and gaps in interior walls where the Silverfish can continue to live undisturbed.
- Call The Experts
It is highly recommended to call local pest control experts if a Silverfish infestation has occurred. At Tactical Pest Services, we will tailor a long-term treatment plan that will eradicate the creepy creatures once and for all.
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