The Secret To Getting Silverfish Out Of Your Chevy Chase Home & Keeping Them Out

6/30/2020

Have you ever been moving a stack of books or papers and a silver-bodied insect wriggles away from underneath? It can be enough to make you scream, or worse, drop everything that you’ve just picked up. 

a silverfish crawling on a bathroom floor

Odds are, the silver-bodied pest you saw was a silverfish. They are common intruders in homes but, luckily for us, do not pose any real danger to humans. However, they can be difficult to fully eliminate and are rather unsightly. Therefore, if you want to keep silverfish out of your Chevy Chase home, you should know and utilize the best preventative techniques. After all, it’s your home, not theirs.

What Do Silverfish Look Like?

Silverfish are teardrop-shaped bugs that grow to be about ¾ of an inch in length. They have brownish-gray bodies that are covered in silvery, fish-like scales. In addition to this, silverfish have a long pair of antennae and a bristle-like appendage that comes off the back of their bodies.

Are Silverfish Dangerous?

Silverfish are nuisance pests which means they are not dangerous to humans. They are, however, unsightly pests to have around your home. Moreover, silverfish can cause damage to items in your house such as books, papers, clothing, wallpaper, furniture, and carpets. Silverfish may also contaminate the food in your cupboard if they are exposed to it. 
 
It is for these reasons that you should act immediately to eliminate any silverfish infestations you may have, as well as take the proper precautions to prevent further infestations. In order to do that, you need to know what it is that draws silverfish into homes in the first place.

What Attracts Silverfish To Homes?

While outside, silverfish prefer cool and damp areas such as under piles of leaves. Therefore, similar areas in homes such as basements and crawlspaces are often the areas to which silverfish are drawn. Usually, silverfish enter homes in search of food or shelter. They may enter through cracks in the foundation or around windows and doors. However, silverfish will oftentimes be brought into homes unknowingly by us. This happens when we bring in boxes or stacks of paper that have been infested with silverfish. Once inside, they can propagate and spread to the moisture-friendly areas throughout the home.
 
It’s hard to know if the various boxes and things we bring inside are contaminated with silverfish which makes it rather hard to fully prevent silverfish infestations. However, there are steps you can and should take to help reduce your exposure.

Ways To Prevent Silverfish

If you want to limit your exposure to potential silverfish infestations you should:

  • Seal any cracks in your home’s foundation.

  • Seal cracks around windows and doors.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Regularly dust and vacuum your home.

  • Fix any leaking pipes or fixtures.

  • Inspect boxes, stacks of paper, and packages before bringing them into your home.

  • Store any stacks of paper in well-sealed boxes that prevent moisture build-up.

Following these steps should help to greatly reduce your odds of having a silverfish infestation.

For More Information On Dealing With Silverfish, Call The Professionals

If you are currently dealing with a silverfish infestation or have questions on preventing future infestations, give the pros here at Capitol Pest a call today. Our trained pest professionals will eliminate any infestations that you may currently be dealing with, as well as work with you to mitigate any problem areas to prevent any future infestations.
 
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Give us a call today.

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