Silverfish: What They Are And How To Get Rid Of Them

Although silverfish are generally harmless, they are horrible looking insects that most homeowners do not want in their homes. These small, creepy, silver-gray colored little pests, typically hang around in dark, cold damp areas in your home, such as under the bathroom sink, in the basement and anywhere else where they might find optimal conditions.

However, if you can learn to recognize these little creatures, you will be able to identify them correctly and our team at Genie Pest Control can help you eliminate them from your property for once and for all. For now, let’ take a close look at these insects, learn how to recognize them and how to get rid of them from your home.

How To Recognize Silverfish

Silverfish can be easily recognized by their characteristic carrot-shaped bodies and by the multitude of antennae that they have sticking out of their bodies. As we mentioned earlier, Silverfish are typically gray-silver in color, which is where they get their name from. These particular insects can move quite quickly and they are much more active at night time.

Do They Cause Damage Or Harm?

Luckily, they do not pose any risk to humans as they do not bite or aid in the spread of disease among people. With that said, they are known to be the cause of holes in clothing and other textiles, in a similar way that a moth would cause damage, but not to the same level. If you think that you might have a silverfish infestation in your home or you start noticing more of these insects around your property get in touch with Genie Pest Control today and let us help you to be proactive in getting the problem under control before it gets any worse.

How to Get Rid Of Silverfish

If you encounter a problem with silverfish in your home, you have two options. The first option is to get in touch with our team of dedicated pest control professionals at Genie Pest Control to look after the problem for you. And, the second option is to try some of the natural solutions below, which are all safe t use if you have pets in your home. If these solutions do not help to eliminate the silverfish from your home, then call us at Genie Pest Control for a more thorough solution.

Diatomaceous Earth

Try sprinkling a little food-grade diatomaceous earth in the areas of your home that you have seen the silverfish. Add a little to any places in your home where they can find somewhere to hide, such as small cracks and holes. You can purchase diatomaceous earth in most hardware stores, garden centers or online.

Insect Traps

Another simple solution is to set natural insect sticky traps. These can also be found in most hardware stores and online. Simply set the trap near where you have seen the silverfish and they will stick to the trap, making them easy to remove.

Be Inventive

Silverfish are attracted to starchy things like paper, dried goods, cereal boxes, bread, etc. Try making a homemade trap by putting something starchy in a jar and wrap it with tape. If everything goes according to plan, the Silverfish will climb in to get the food, but won’t be able to get back out.

Keep Your Home Silverfish-Free

Remember, that as with most pest infestation issues, prevention is always better than cure. Take measures to ensure that your home is not an attractive place for silverfish to hang out and naturally you will have fewer encounters with these little creatures. Some tips from our pest removal experts at Genie Pest Control, include storing off-season clothing in sealed containers, keep dry food in tightly sealed jars, seal any cracks that lead outdoors with caulk and finally avoid leaving piles of cardboard, newspaper or mail around your home that will attract silverfish.

For more tips and advice on how to deal with a silverfish infestation, get in touch with our team of pest control experts at Genie Pest Control today. Our experienced, expert technicians have the skills and expertise needed to ensure that your home is left silverfish-free.

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