Silverfish are wingless insects that are small in size and silver in color. It also looks like a fish hence the name silverfish. While silverfish don’t pose any danger to your health as a human being we can’t say the same for the health of your belongings. They are a menace to the fabrics in the house and they will eat your clothes, carpets, rugs and curtains.
They like to hide in dark, cool places that have some level of moisture like basements and bathroom. Silverfish mainly subsist on carbohydrates which is why they love to eat fabrics that contain sugar spills. They will also eat paper and books as well as sugars and coffee. Silverfish also eat cereals and will even eat human hair (not while it is on your head).
Silverfish are nocturnal insects that can exist everywhere they find a long term meal. Unfortunately, these creatures can cause allergic reactions in some people because they shed their skin all the time and the dried scales can trigger allergies.
How to prevent silverfish
Silverfish have been in existence for millennia. They are among the oldest living creatures in the world. They are quick on their feet and their flat bodies make them adept at hiding. These creatures are easy to prevent for entering your space.
- Use airtight containers to keep cereals and other carbohydrates in the house dry
- Always use vacuum the floor and carpets to remove crumbs from foods. Do the same for alphostery
- Ensure the gutters are clean and that water entering them drains away from the house completely
- Utilize dehumidifiers to remove the moisture in dry places
- Make sure the exterior of the house is well painted
- Seam up areas between walls and cracks in the floor and ceiling
- Install vents in the roof to allow humidity to escape and keep the space drier
How to get rid of silverfish
The silverfish are not easy to prevent from coming into your space so if you find yourself with an infestation of silverfish consider the following steps to get rid of them.
The honest truth is that get rid of silverfish with home remedies can be like putting a drop into an entire ocean. They can work for a short period of time but they are unfortunately not very effective. When facing a full on infestation it is best to call a pest control expert who will not only identify the area where they are breeding but also have methods to get pesticides into the areas where only their flat bodies can fit.
Did you know that silverfish love to play around in wood shingle roof? This is because wooden shingle roofs are bound to have mold growing on them and silverfish love to eat mold. When choosing a roof for your house we recommend not settling for wood shingles.