Silverfish are not necessarily a common household pest, but they can be found throughout the United States and occasionally invade. This pest has an unsettling appearance which some might even find more stomach-turning than spiders or centipedes. Silverfish are silver to brown with a metallic appearance, have an elongated body with a fish-like shape, six legs, long antennae, and are about 3/4 of an inch long, which does not include the three long bristle-like “tails.”

Not only does this pest have a tapered body like a fish, but its movements are also described as fish-like. While this pest does not have wings, they run very fast, making it difficult to catch them.

Silverfish tend to keep themselves hidden from people even when they are inside a residential property. Usually, they will stick to areas like attics, basements, crawlspaces, and bathrooms with high moisture levels. Although this is the case, you should have to deal with this pest on your Savannah property.

a silverfish crawling on a bathroom wall in a home

Are Silverfish A Threat?

While their appearance might be unsightly, silverfish pose no health threats to people or pets. Silverfish do not bite or spread disease. However, they can damage your belongings. 

This pest often consumes paper products, clothing, glue, and several human foods. They might chew on books, wallpapers, envelopes, cereals, and anything with sugars or carbohydrates. Silverfish may also eat toothpaste, keepsakes, tapestries, and clothing.

Because silverfish infestations tend to go unnoticed for some time, this pest can do extensive damage. And if they get into your stored pantry products, they can contaminate food, making it unsanitary to consume.

So although silverfish may not seem like the most imminent pest threat, they can end up causing you a lot of stress and money if they infest your Savannah home.

Silverfish Prevention Tips

Silverfish will be attracted to your home if plenty of food sources, high moisture levels, and places to hide. To prevent this pest from becoming a problem on your property, you should implement the following tips:

  • Identify and seal up potential entry points such as cracks in the foundation and exterior walls, install door sweeps, and replace damaged screens on windows and doors.
  • Remove hiding places and food sources by often decluttering your home and outbuildings such as sheds, detached garages, and barns. Decluttering should include getting rid of papers that are no longer needed, discarding cardboard boxes, and cleaning out your pantry of unused food.
  • Store seasonal clothes in containers with tight-fitting lids in cool, dry places.
  • Keep your kitchen clean of crumbs and use air-tight containers to store opened food.
  • Remove yard debris such as leaves, which can retain moisture around your home.
  • Ensure your home has proper ventilation, especially in areas like the bathroom and kitchen where moisture can quickly build up.
  • Use dehumidifiers to aid in reducing moisture and address other moisture issues such as leaks and water-damaged wood.

Professional Assistance For Silverfish 

Suppose you see signs such as irregular holes in food packaging, wallpaper, and other items listed above, yellow stains, tiny black pepper-like feces, and shed skin. In that case, there is a good possibility you have an infestation of silverfish. Although nocturnal, you might even see a liver silverfish, which can be confirmation of a problem.

Whether you believe you have an active infestation or not, you should contact Pestmaster® Services for help with silverfish and get started on our home pest control services.

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