Bradenton’s Guide To Effective Silverfish Control

2/3/2022

Unless you are familiar with silverfish, you might think they are something you can catch at the local pond with a fishing rod and good bait. Unfortunately, silverfish are insects capable of infesting your Bradenton home and introducing numerous problems to your property. Silverfish damage can add up quickly, so read on to learn how to identify silverfish and how Keller’s Pest Control can help get rid of them.

silverfish on a piece of wood

How To Identify Silverfish In Your Bradenton Home

Silverfish have brown, teardrop-shaped bodies covered in silver, metallic scales. They have three bristle-like appendages that extend out from their rears and have antennae that match the length of their bodies. Adults grow to be about ¾ of an inch long, with nymphs being smaller. Silverfish do not have wings but can move quickly, getting their name for their fish-like appearance when darting and running across surfaces.

When outside weather conditions become too hot and dry, silverfish scurry out from beneath mulch, rocks, and fallen trees and seek more hospitable habitats. Their search often leads them toward the moist environments present in your home. A silverfish will seek out damp areas in your house, such as laundry rooms, crawl spaces, bathrooms, basements, attics, potted plants, and cabinets under sinks. 

The Damage Silverfish Can Do In Your Bradenton Home

Silverfish have jaws too weak to bite humans and do not spread diseases. However, while silverfish may not pose much of a threat to your health, they are capable of causing significant damage to your property. Silverfish damage your home by chewing on the following:

  • Books
  • Wallpaper

  • Pantry items

  • Photos

  • Storage boxes

  • Furniture

  • Clothing

  • Carpets

  • Paper goods

The silverfish diet consists of paper items, glue, flour, rolled oats, and sometimes other dead or injured silverfish. You do not want these cannibals infesting your home. If an infestation is large, silverfish can eat away parts of your property. Moreover, silverfish have an average lifespan of three years, making it vital for homeowners to be prompt when dealing with an infestation to avoid prolonging damage. 

 Silverfish Prevention Tips For Your Bradenton Home

The last thing you want is to share your home with a bunch of creepy, silvery insects. Here are several tips to help prevent a silverfish infestation from starting:

  • Run a dehumidifier to dry wet, humid areas in your home, as silverfish love damp, moist areas.

  • Repair any leaky pipes or drains.

  • Replace or remove any wet or moldy wood.

  • Do not keep old books or magazines in basements, attics, or garages.

  • Keep food items like flour or sugar in tightly sealed containers.

  • Do not store anything near or against the exterior of your home, as silverfish can climb and will try to enter around window and door frames.

While these control measures can protect your home from silverfish damage, the best course of action if an infestation still occurs is to call the professionals at Keller's Pest Control. 

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Silverfish In Your Bradenton Home

Getting rid of silverfish is a job best handled by pest control experts. Keller’s Pest Control in Bradenton has over 20 years of pest removal experience in the Southwest Florida area. With over 5000 satisfied homeowners, we provide excellent customer service and effective treatment options. When you contact us, you can trust us to be thorough in our handling of your situation. 

To learn more about our services or request a quote, give us a call today and let us rid your property of pests once and for all.

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