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Silverfish Identification & Prevention

What are silverfish?

Silverfish, commonly referred to as bristletails, are easily spotted because of the three long thin appendages extending from the abdomen. They also have some “fish-like” qualities, including metallic scales covering their brownish bodies and moving in a wriggling motion. Other physical features that help identify silverfish include thread-like antennae and eyes set far apart on their head.

Despite their name, silverfish are not aquatic pests, but they do have high moisture requirements. These insects don’t have the most attractive appearance and often startle people who come across them, especially when these insects are inside our homes.

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish contaminate food and cause damage to papers and other personal belongings. They are more damaging than dangerous pests. Silverfish aren’t known to spread diseases to people, nor do they cause major structural damage. 

The presence of silverfish is often an indicator of a moisture problem in or around your home. They are also a sign that there are openings in the exterior of your house that will allow other pests to get inside as well, leading to even bigger problems in the future.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Anywhere moisture becomes trapped are places where silverfish could congregate. When silverfish live outside near your home, and the weather becomes unsuitable, they often migrate indoors, taking advantage of the dark, damp hiding spots our homes provide.

Things in our yards that offer silverfish the moisture they are looking for include:

  • Mulch
  • Woodpiles
  • Leaf piles
  • Heavily weeded areas or areas of tall grass
  • The ground under leaking pipes, air conditioners, or clogged gutters

Where are silverfish commonly found?

Kitchens, bathrooms, basements, closets are where homeowners often discover these pests. When in our homes, silverfish move to areas that provide moisture and access to food sources. Silverfish living in our homes will feed on foods that are high in carbohydrates and proteins. Food sources often include fabrics, papers, glue, shampoo, cereals, grains, and dry pet food. Another common way silverfish get in our homes is in dry dog food or pantry items purchased from the store already infested with these pests.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

To help you get rid of silverfish that have taken over your yard or wandered into your home, turn to the Anthem Pest Control’s professionals. We have a passion for pest control and work with our customers to meet their exact pest control needs. Our experienced professionals provide the services necessary to eliminate silverfish and other pests in your area, and the recurring services required to stop them from coming back in the future. Servicing Greater Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Greenville, we offer effective residential and commercial pest control services; get started today by giving us a call!

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Controlling silverfish is best done with the help of an experienced professional. In addition to the silverfish control services at Anthem Pest Control, the following tips will help you make your property less attractive to silverfish.

  • Keep silverfish out of your pantry’s dry goods by storing them in hard-sided containers with locking lids.
  • Get rid of excess boxes and papers from your home.
  • Store your clothing, blankets, and other fabric items in plastic containers with locking lids to keep moisture and silverfish from attacking these things.
  • Repair things like leaky pipes, air conditioners, and poor ventilation that cause excess moisture to build up in your home.
  • Keep wandering silverfish out by sealing cracks in the foundation, repairing damaged wood trim, and installing door sweeps. 
  • Use dehumidifiers to keep humidity levels in your home low.