silverfish on a book

What are silverfish?

Silverfish are wingless insects with long antennae and a tear-dropped-shaped bodies covered in silvery scales. Their fish-like wriggling movements also identify these pests away.

Silverfish are commonly referred to as bristle-tails because of a three-pronged appendage extending from the end of their abdomen. These pests have high moisture needs and are common invaders of homes and other structures located in our region. 

a silverfish

Are silverfish dangerous?

These pests feed on materials high in starches, glue, and cellulose. When silverfish are in our homes, they are not necessarily dangerous, but their feeding habits make them damaging pests. They will feed on and damage things like paper, wallpaper, fabrics, and dry pantry goods.

Another issue with having these pests in our homes is they can contaminate food and surfaces with bacteria they have picked up during their previous travels outside.

Their fast movements and appearance often startles people and are another reason why keeping these pests out of our homes is important!

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Outside, silverfish like to take up residence in the damp, dark areas that our yards often provide such as those listed below:

  • Under mulch in flowerbeds

  • In gardens

  • Under trash cans and recycling bins.

  • Under landscaping ties and rocks

  • Under leaf or brush piles. 

  • Under potted plants or buckets. 

When weather conditions become too hot and dry for these pests to live comfortably, they will migrate towards areas of moisture. If silverfish live outside close to your home, it is easy for them to move inside through cracks and other openings they find in the foundation, under doors, through vents, or spaces around basement windows.

Where will I find silverfish?

After moving into our homes, these nocturnal insects will stay hidden during the day. It can take some time before you notice these pests in your house; it'll usually be when one of these alien-looking insects darts across the floor. 

Common places to find these moisture-loving pests in a home include storage areas, closets, basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, utility rooms, and pantries.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Getting rid of silverfish can be tricky. Silverfish can squeeze through the tiniest of cracks and crevices and into your house, and once inside, hide in dark, hard-to-reach areas. Rid your property of these unwanted pests with the help of the local professional at Destroy Pest Control!

For over 15 years, we have been committed to developing pest control solutions that rely on Integrated Pest Management principles and utilize eco-friendly products. Our long-term pest strategies help ensure that after we get rid of the pests, they won't return!

If you live in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia and want help maintaining a property that is free of silverfish and other pests, reach out to Destroy Pest Control today and learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control options!

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Being proactive and partnering with Destroy Pest Control is the best way to avoid problems with silverfish and other pests. When combined with our pest control services, the following prevention tips will help make your property a place that silverfish won't want to be!

  • Get rid of old stacks of cardboard boxes, magazines, or newspapers from your house that collect moisture, and these pests can use as hiding spots. 

  • Use plastic containers with locking lids instead of cardboard boxes to store items in your home. 

  • Inspect things like mail, packages, and potted plants that have been outside before bringing them into your house. 

  • Reduce moisture and humidity levels using dehumidifiers and air conditioners.

  • Make sure basements, kitchens, and bathrooms are well-ventilated. 

  • Remove mulch, soil, and leaf debris away from your foundation and install a crushed rock or stone barrier. 

  • Seal openings in your home's exterior walls and the foundation.


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