The silverfish gets its name because of its metallic silvery look and because it moves like a fish. These pests do not have wings but do run fast. It's easy to miss their presence as they do hide from humans, thus the damage they do may not be seen until its extensive. Silverfish like cold, damp and dark places like basements and cabinets under sinks. They also prefer to come out at night rather than during the day.
Usually, these pests eat starchy stuff including cereal boxes, glue, paper, dry goods and dead skin cells. They don't bite or spread disease. They're just ugly bugs! The damage isn't to your house, in most cases, but they can wreak havoc in your pantry – and you certainly don't want a bunch of them crawling out from under your sinks.
Silverfish are able to live up to a year without food. Adults grow up to ½ inch long. Their bodies are carrot-shaped with the thick end at the front. These bugs have two long antennae on their heads and three long “tails” at the tip of the abdomen. Each of the five antennae and tails is as long as the silverfish's body. A silverfish baby looks just like an adult – it's just smaller. They are often mistaken for cockroaches because they move fast and are hard to see.
Since silverfish don't fly, you have to bring them into your home. This happens if you bring in cardboard boxes or other dry goods that have been stored in an infested area. They like humid climates so you can help drive them out by using a dehumidifier if your home is humid.
Though they do like humid places such as basements, you could find silverfish in bed because they like to feed on dry matter such as mattresses. Though you wouldn't want these creepy crawly things on you, you don't have to worry about a silverfish bite since they are not to keen on humans, except for the dried skin that falls off your body.
Silverfish are easy to get rid of. First, use a dehumidifier if your home is humid. Then use cedar oil in crevices in your home. You could also use cedar chips under the sinks. Sticky traps also help catch silverfish. You could also contact an exterminator to get rid of these pesky bugs.
Learn how to get rid of silverfish: Gget rid of piles of newspaper and mail and don't store cardboard boxes in the basement. Keep any off-season clothing wrapped and in sealed bins in a dry place in your home. Transfer dry food to airtight plastic containers. And, be sure to vacuum regularly so that you don't leave food crumbs for the silverfish to snack on. You'll also vacuum up any silverfish eggs if you do have these bugs in your home.
Install a fan in the bathroom and use it every time you take a shower. Check for cracks in the foundation and seal them. This also helps to keep other bugs out. Keep old leaves and other plant debris away from the house. If you have leaky pipes or drains, repair them as soon as possible. And if you find wet or moldy wood in your home, replace it.
If you notice silverfish or any other bugs in your home, contact Clint Miller Exterminating to set up an appointment to spray your home. If you have multiple bug problems, ask us about tenting your home.