Silverfish In Gilbert: What Every Resident Should Know

Silverfish in a bathroom.

A silverfish infestation is never a pleasant thing to encounter, thanks to the general frightening appearance of this pest and the damage it may cause in your home. Getting rid of silverfish and preventing silverfish damage depends on proper prevention tactics and professional pest control in Gilbert.

How To Identify Silverfish In Your Home

A silverfish is an insect that is, fortunately, quite distinctive. Their name comes from the light grey to blue coloration that appears shimmery silver when they move. This pest grows between one-half an inch to an inch long and possesses two long antennae on the top of its head. The back of their body has three long appendages which appear similar to these antennae.

Silverfish are relatively harmless to humans as they don't bite, aren't aggressive, and aren't known to carry disease. Still, a silverfish infestation can be pretty unsettling to encounter because of its appearance. The most significant danger you will face from this pest is silverfish damage.

Where Silverfish Could Be Hiding

Silverish prefer to hide in warmer, cluttered areas, providing them the most safety. They also favor dark spots and tight crevices because they are less likely to be threatened in these areas. In general, you may find silverfish hiding in any of the following areas:

  • Bathrooms
  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Garages
  • Kitchens
  • Living rooms
  • Bedrooms

Getting rid of silverfish ultimately includes eliminating them from every hiding spot around your home. You can also prevent silverfish from re-invading by keeping your home free of clutter and investing in airtight storage containers to keep this pest out.

The Damage Silverfish Can Do In Your Home

The main problem with a silverfish infestation is the damage this pest can cause to your home. Silverfish prefer to feed on starchy items, such as books, stored clothing, fabrics, cardboard, and carpet. They also love high protein and sugar, so you may find them feeding on stored food items.

Silverfish will bite their preferred food items, leaving behind a significant amount of damage. They can destroy books and fabrics, ruin furniture, contaminate stored food and food storage areas, and ruin all types of stored materials. When an infestation of silverfish is left untreated, they will continue to feed on these items until nothing is left; this can create significant losses of stored items and costly repairs of the fabrics and furniture in your home.

How Can I Stop Silverfish From Getting Into My Home?

Silverfish are quite adaptable and may be found in any area of your home, feeding on almost anything. This can make them difficult to eliminate; it may be more helpful to stop this pest from invading in the first place.

In addition to sealing up potential silverfish entry points around the home, such as the cracks in windows, doors, and the foundation, you should contact Pro ActivePest Control. This is the best way to get rid of silverfish for good. Our pest control specialist will identify the problem areas where silverfish are invading and help determine the severity of your infestation. From there, effective treatment plans will be tailored to your home and implemented to eliminate this pest. 

Please contact Pro Active Pest Control today for a free quote or to schedule an inspection to get rid of silverfish for good and protect your home from future invasions.