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What are silverfish?

Silverfish are occasional invaders that often find their way into homes and other buildings. Silverfish have teardrop-shaped bodies, three bristle-like appendages that extended from their hind-end, and antennae that are as long as their body. These pests are wingless and move quickly from place to place using a wriggling, fish-like motion. Silverfish have brown bodies and are covered in silvery-metallic scales which give them a unique shiny, shimmery appearance, giving them the name silverfish.

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Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish do not pose any significant health threats to people or pets, but they are considered destructive because of their feeding habits. Silverfish feed on materials made of carbohydrates, preferring sugars and starches. They will also feed on and infest pantry items like cereal, dry pasta, flour, and dry pet food. They will also chew through and damage items like books, paper, photos, boxes, upholstered furniture, carpets, and wallpaper.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish spend most of the year living outside in cool, damp areas around properties. However, silverfish will move inside if the weather becomes too hot, dry, or otherwise unfavorable for them to live comfortably outdoors. They also can be introduced into homes in packages, boxes, and potted plants.

Where will I find silverfish?

Silverfish will nest in any indoor or outdoor environment that is cool, dark, and damp. Inside they are found underneath sinks, kitchens, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. Outside they nest underneath mulch, landscaping ties, fallen trees, and leaf litter. Silverfish are nocturnal, hiding during the day and feeding at night.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

To get rid of silverfish from your property or structure, partner with the Texas pest control experts at Romney Pest Control. Our experienced professionals provide reliable and comprehensive pest control services that eliminate silverfish, as well as the routine services needed to prevent their return. If you are looking for high-quality pest control services to keep your Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin, or Houston area home or business free of silverfish, reach out to Romney Pest Control today.

How can I prevent silverfish In the future?

Keep silverfish out of your home with the help of the following silverfish prevention tips:

  • Reduce humidity levels inside of your home through the use of dehumidifiers, air-conditioners, and ventilated fans

  • Wipe the excess water out of sinks and tubs.

  • Make sure gutters are directing water away from the exterior of your home

  • Seal cracks or gaps in your home's foundation

  • Maintain a rock or crushed stone barrier between the foundation of your home and any soil or mulch


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