These insects, which are not really silver and definitely not fish, are some of the most destructive indoor pests in Alabama. However, these almost legless insects wiggle like fish to move, and they are shaped like fish. Additionally, the adults are grey, which is fairly close to silver. In terms of longevity, silverfish have been around about 400 million years, which is even longer than cockroaches.
In general, silverfish live near moisture and eat starch. These bugs can live for several weeks without eating, but they cannot live for more than several hours without ample moisture. When they do eat, they consume almost any starch. That could be paper, clothes, hair, and other substances.
Because they are so destructive, if you have a silverfish infestation, the professionals at A Plus Pest Control probably need to get rid of them. These critters are fast, hearty, and difficult to eradicate. Home remedies and over-the-counter chemicals will not get the job done. Such treatments may kill a few exposed silverfish, but it will not touch the hundreds of bugs in the nest. To eradicate these pests, more aggressive means are necessary.
These pests usually prefer room temperature spaces in high humidity environments. That description fits most households in Alabama. They usually take up residence in any floor or wall space. They venture outside the nest to look for moisture and/or food. Once they find it, the colony often relocates closer to the moisture or food source. When you are less than an inch long, a tiny amount of food or water goes a long way.
Silverfish do not reproduce very rapidly. Females usually lay fewer than 100 eggs over the course of a lifetime. So, if your home has a silverfish infestation and the pest control technicians know what techniques to use, these bugs are not terribly hard to control.
In addition to destroying property, silverfish also contaminate property and foodstuffs. However, they do not spread bacteria or disease. Finally, these photosensitive critters live as long as eight years.
Getting Rid of Silverfish
Cardboard boxes full of papers are the preferred hunting grounds of silverfish. They easily burrow inside, and then people unwittingly carry them from room to room. Pre-move-in silverfish treatments are often effective. People who move have lots of cardboard boxes strewn about. When these nocturnal critters leave boxes and crawl across the floor in search of moisture, they drag over chemical residue.
Subsequent treatment usually focuses on bathroom and kitchen cabinets as well as crevasses in these areas. Light-sensitive silverfish like dark places which are close to moisture. So, if there is a silverfish nest in the house, it’s probably in the kitchen or a bathroom. Furthermore, adult silverfish usually lay eggs in crevasses after a complicated mating ritual.
Silverfish also nest in clothing or linen closets, although not as frequently. There is plenty of food in these areas. Silverfish especially like wallpaper, largely because it has both paper and paste. But many closets do not have wallpaper. And, silverfish cannot consume clothing as easily as paper. Furthermore, these closets are usually rather dry.
A Plus technicians typically use a combination of sprays and dusts. Both these substances are contact killers. When the silverfish come in contact with the substance, the silverfish die.
The A Plus Difference
Whether you just moved into your home or have been there for years, a silverfish infestation is a serious matter. So, we use proven methods to get rid of silverfish and keep them from coming back.
In addition to sprays and dusts, we often lay tiny traps near suspected silverfish breeding grounds. So, when eggs hatch, the new silverfish do not become a problem.
An educated homeowner makes a big difference too. Some pest control companies like to keep their customers in the dark. So, the technicians look like miracle workers. But at A Plus, we are not really interested in impressing you. We’d rather help you keep your space free of destructive silverfish. So, we often recommend some small changes. For example, keep most of the paper in your kitchen cabinets close to one of the traps we leave. Keeping sinks and tubs dry, or at least not as wet, deprives silverfish of moisture. As mentioned, dry silverfish quickly become dead silverfish.
Furthermore, we believe in prevention. We generally recommend quarterly retreatments. Cardboard boxes and plastic containers almost always move in and out of your house. If even once of these containers has a silverfish, an infestation may not be far away. Proactive treatments prevent these pests from getting comfortable in your home.
Contact us today for a pest-free tomorrow.