Silverfish are one of the creepiest insects that any Omaha or Council Bluffs homeowner can encounter. Not only do these little pests make most people’s skin crawl, but their droppings are also capable of destroying photographs, clothes, wallpaper, books, and other household items with their droppings, especially when they are present in more significant numbers. Silverfish are rapid breeders, laying up to 20 eggs per day when their cycle begins. To prevent the infestation from getting worse, it’s crucial to get in touch with our team of local and highly-skilled exterminators as soon as possible so we can professional remove the infestation from your property.
Silverfish are small wingless insects, usually pearl-gray or silver-blue color, and measure approximately 0.5 to 0.75 inches in length. They are easily identifiable by their teardrop-shaped bodies with two long antennae and three tail-like extremities extending from the tail end of their abdomen. You may also find traces of their shiny scales around your home, as they can break off and stick to different surfaces when silverfish are active.
Silverfish can thrive in almost any environment but drawn to dark, damp areas. Here at Genie Pest Control, our silverfish removal experts commonly find silverfish living in bathrooms, kitchens, basements, garages, and attics. Silverfish are also attracted to damp clothing, paper, cardboard, and other carbohydrates they can feed off.
There are some simple steps that you can take to make your Omaha or Council Bluffs property a less desirable place for silverfish to want to live in. At Genie Pest Control, our high-skilled exterminators recommend taking the following preventative measures to keep silverfish at bay:
- Store all dried food in sealed containers.
- Dust your home regularly.
- Declutter your home.
- Ensure your home is crumb-free.
- Use a dehumidifier.
- Replace cardboard storage boxes with plastic.
- Keep unworn clothes in sealed containers.
- Ventilate your home properly, especially rooms that get warm easily.
- Clear leaves and damp debris from outside your home.
Following these preventative measures will help to make your home less attractive to silverfish. However, silverfish can still be transported into your home by mistake or gain access without your knowledge, so it is important to be on the lookout for signs of an infestation.
While silverfish are not particularly harmful to human health, you should not have to share your Omaha or Council Bluffs home with these annoying pests. If you suspect that you have a silverfish problem in your home, get in touch with our highly-skilled exterminators as quickly as possible to eradicate these irritating pests from your home before the problem gets worse.