Four Easy Tips To Keep Silverfish Out Of Your Dallas Home

February 22, 2021

Silverfish are insects of the Lepisma saccharina species that grow to be ¾ of an inch long and have a shimmery appearance.  They are wingless, have six legs, and their bodies are generally brown, gray, or white. They typically live outdoors and prefer cool and damp conditions; therefore, when it is hot and dry, they may attempt to invade your home.

silverfish on cardboard box

Behavior Indoors 

Silverfish are nocturnal and will exclusively seek to feed after dark. Within a home, they tend to prefer residing in attics, basements, laundry rooms, and below sinks. These pests are very elusive and capable of running very quickly.
Silverfish typically seek food items that are sugary or starchy, such as carbohydrates like flour, uncooked pasta, and cereal. They will also consume paper-based materials including boxes, photos, books, and even wallpaper.
The waste they produce may be an indicator of their existence, which looks similar to pepper. Silverfish also slowly shed their skin—an action referred to as molting. They can also reproduce quickly and may spread to other areas of the interior.

Are Silverfish Dangerous For Humans?

The majority of scientific research suggests that silverfish lack the biting strength needed to penetrate a human’s skin. They are capable of contaminating food that they have contact with and damaging fiber-like household items such as clothes or curtains. Some reports indicate that they can trigger respiratory problems for those with very sensitive allergy conditions.

Best Practices To Prevent Silverfish

  • Reduce Water and Moisture: Silverfish prefer areas with significant moisture such as those near leaking pipes. Promptly repair any water leaks that exist. Good ventilation, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers are all effective for reducing moisture and humidity. Gutters that are clogged or damaged should be addressed to ensure that water is not accumulating near your home.

  • Seal Cracks or Gaps: The property should be closely examined outside to identify any holes in exterior walls, cracks in the home’s foundation, or other potential points of entry for pests. Particular emphasis should be placed on seals around doors and windows.

  • Separate the Foundation from Soil: Mulch or soil should not directly contact the foundation of the home, as this encourages intrusion. Placing a barrier for separation is a common solution. Barriers may be composed of rock or other dry material such as crushed stone. Keep firewood or other debris away from the base on the home.

  • Limit Access to Food Sources: Reduce opportunities for silverfish and other pests to easily feed on human or pet food in and around the home. Do not leave dirty dishes on counters or in sinks overnight. Place food in sealed containers when storing in cupboards or pantry areas. It is best to also remove trash from the kitchen daily and ensure that garbage containers near the home have lids.

Responding To Silverfish Infestations

Many homeowners make the mistake of underestimating the difficulty of completely eradicating silverfish. Some people will try to use popularized home remedies or purchase products that claim to rapidly solve many types of pest-related concerns. The reality is that often these attempts are futile and may allow additional time for the infestation to worsen.

Experienced Home Pest Control Services In Dallas

The team of professionals at Romney Pest Control has a thorough understanding of how to effectively exterminate silverfish and other critters from your home. Our licensed technicians have the knowledge and experience needed to identify the locations where the pests are hiding, safely remove them, and prevent them from returning.
We have been proudly serving the greater Dallas area for many years and use the latest products and methods to quickly eliminate household pests. For a free in-home estimate please contact our office today.

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