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The Ultimate Guide To Getting Rid Of Silverfish In Atlanta

September 17, 2021

If you notice a pest silver in color with an unsightly appearance in the tub one day and the sink another, you may have a silverfish infestation. Silverfish have bristles on their head, thorax, and abdomen. They are silver, gray, or tan and measure half to an inch long. Silverfish move fast with a side-to-side swaying action. Their lifespan is more than three and up to eight years, with the female laying 60-100 eggs at any given time. 

Silverfish In Atlanta, GA

Silverfish are solitary creatures that live alone. They are active at night, just like cockroaches, but they have a higher degree of water tolerance than cockroaches. Silverfish can also tolerate lower temperatures. If you let your home get too cold, then you may find them hiding in your home during the daytime. 

Silverfish will hide in cracks and crevices in rooms with high moisture levels and little light to avoid being eaten by predators. Silverfish thrive in and prefer dark, humid places like bathrooms because there is plenty of food for them to eat.

Threat Or No Threat?

Silverfish are not poisonous to pets or humans. They, however, do excrete chemicals that irritate humans and pets. Despite not being harmful to humans, they can damage your belongings - they chew on cereals, books, wallpaper, anything with sugars or carbohydrates. They also prefer eating protein that is dead insects and other dead or injured silverfish. The thought alone is unsettling that many more could be thriving and causing damage to your Atlanta home. 

How To Tell If Your Atlanta Home Has Silverfish

Though silverfish are elusive creatures, there are some ways to determine if you have a problem with this insect in your Atlanta home

  • Observe for droppings or damage. Silverfish tend to leave behind droppings that look like small grains of rice. These droppings eventually dry up and may result in cracks in wall plasterwork, drywall, or wood siding of a wall. You may also see small clusters of mites that are silverfish larvae if you have a problem with silverfish.
  • Check for evidence of an infestation. Silverfish tend to leave behind small deposits of scales. These scales often appear on walls, floors, and furniture and can also be found in pipes and drains. 
  • Observe the insect's dwelling & feeding area.
  • The presence of a large number of silverfish can indicate problems with sanitation or drainage in your home. Silverfish tend to congregate around all sources of water.

Four Silverfish Prevention Tips

It's best to be proactive when it comes to keeping silverfish and other unwanted pests out of your home. Silverfish will rarely leave your home in Atlanta if they have a steady source of food. Now that you understand where to look and how to track the presence of silverfish, you start by following these prevention tips to get rid of them.

  1. Seal potential entry points such as doors and walls with caulk. The flat bodies of silverfish make it easy for them to get into narrow cracks and crevices. 
  2. Declutter and deep-clean often. When other sources of food are scarce, silverfish can thrive on dust. Vacuum and dust high-traffic areas in your home, under furniture, ceiling fans, and basements or attics. 
  3. Address moisture issues by keeping the humidity levels in your home low by using a dehumidifier or fixing any leaks. 
  4. Store food properly in airtight containers. Food is the primary source of sustenance for silverfish, but they also rely on unconventional sources such as unused paper or clothes. Make sure to trash unnecessary paper-based items and inspect clothes. 

Despite your best efforts to prevent these pests, silverfish may still find their way into your Atlanta home. Fortunately, the experts at Anthem Pest Control can help! 

Anthem Pest Control Helps To Get Rid Of Silverfish For Good

Noticing the tell-tale signs of silverfish and having an infestation are two different things. You don't want to be waking up one day seeing silver. Please don't wait for silverfish to take control of your home, and call Anthem Pest Control today to learn more about our silverfish control options