The West Termite, Pest & Lawn process
Silverfish are usually a sign of water damage and rotting wood. We’ll inspect your home to find the possible entry points that need to be treated.
A thorough exterior treatment using both spray and granular treatment methods is required along with a chemical treatment of the baseboard areas inside the home.
If you continue to struggle with silverfish after we’ve completed treatment, let us know. We stand by our service and it’s our number one priority to rid your house of pests. We also offer monthly and quarterly pest control treatment plans to prevent infestation in the first place.
What to expect with West Termite, Pest & Lawn
Cinnamon may repel silverfish – but it does not kill them or their eggs. And you have to make sure you kill the adults and the eggs if you truly want to end an infestation. Killing silverfish eggs requires a specialized chemical mixture that is usually only available to professionals because it is toxic and hazardous to handle.
If you are looking for a pest control specialist with silverfish extermination experience, contact West Termite, Pest, & Lawn. We will send a technician to your home to perform a free assessment and provide you with an obligation free quote.
Frequently asked silverfish questions
What are silverfish?
Silverfish are white, blue-grey, or bluish-silver insects that are shaped like a long teardrop or fish – hence the term “silver-fish”! They aren’t very large, just 12-19 mm in length. They are also easily distinguishable by their three-bristled tail.
Silverfish are capable of living and thriving most anywhere, but they prefer damp, dark areas like attics, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. They are especially drawn towards damp cloth and paper, which is likely why they are commonly found in stored boxes in sheds and garages as well.
What do silverfish eat?
Silverfish eat carbohydrates in all forms. They particularly love starches and sugars like those found in cellulose, the glue in books, paper, linen, silk, shampoos – even other dead insects. They are infamous for ruining papers, books, wallpaper, and clothing once they infest a house. Many older homes struggle with silverfish – especially in the damp months.
How did silverfish get in my house?
Silverfish are almost always tracked or carried into your house unknowingly. Live insects or eggs can be carried in via cardboard boxes and plastic moving containers. Once you store these and leave them, the silverfish multiply until you bring the infected containers back into your house.
Silverfish can also enter your home through torn screens, gaps around your door, or through foundation cracks. They’re drawn to warm, moist places like basements – and often people don’t notice them until it’s too late. Dirty dishes covered in delicious carbohydrates are also an attraction for silverfish – so be careful about cleaning up!
Are silverfish dangerous?
Silverfish are irritating, destructive, and disgusting, but they are not deadly or dangerous. In large quantities, their droppings can cause allergy symptoms and asthma to worsen, but they are not known to transmit diseases like fleas and ticks do.
Silverfish are a hazard in that they are likely to attract other, more serious pests like carpet beetles who prey on silverfish.
Silverfish can pose a danger to your personal items however. They are infamous for ruining books, chewing large holes through clothing and upholstery, and munching on important files and other stored objects.
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