How Do I Get Rid Of Silverfish In My Elk Grove Home?

Silverfish crawling on a book.

Spooky season is over, but in this chilly and damp weather, an unsettling and eerie pest emerges: the silverfish. Fortunately, Pro Active Pest Control has pest control in Elk Grove under control and can treat your property for silverfish.

What Is A Silverfish?

While silverfish may not actually be monsters, they still make many people's skin crawl. Misleadingly, silverfish are not actually fish. Silverfish in Elk Grove are small wingless insects that, when full-grown, are grey and shiny with delicate scales or plates covering their body. Their slender bodies are segmented and taper to a point, giving them the appearance of a silver carrot. They have a set of antennae protruding from their head and three appendages protruding from their rears. These insects are nocturnal, which means you are most likely to spot them at night when they are most active.

Is it Dangerous To Have Silverfish In My House?

These alien-looking creatures are not known to bite humans, nor are they vectors of disease. Despite being rather harmless to humans and pets, they can cause some damage when inside your Elk Grove home. Silverfish love carbs and, in an infestation, will often eat pantry goods. They go after cereals, rice, pasta, and pet food, but will also devour textiles and paper materials. As such, they destroy fabrics, wallpapers, and books. This can be quite an expensive headache for homeowners.

How Do Silverfish Get Into Homes?

Silverfish are attracted to dark and damp spaces. A silverfish infestation usually occurs after a storm or after a drought when silverfish move indoors for safety. Because silverfish prefer high moisture zones, they typically appear in bathrooms and kitchens. If your home offers easy access, food, and moisture, silverfish may be attracted. They get into man-made structures through cracks in the foundation, open basement windows, and beneath roof shingles. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Silverfish In My Home?

If you have an active silverfish infestation taking place on or around your Elk Grove property, it is likely because you have made your home hospitable to them. The best thing Elk Grove residents can do is employ preventive measures to keep silverfish away from your home, thus avoiding an infestation in the first place. To prevent a silverfish infestation from starting, homeowners can try the following:

  • Purchase dehumidifiers for your home to avoid attracting silverfish with excess moisture.
  • Address mold and water damage immediately to avoid weak spots in your foundation where silverfish can get in.
  • Repair leaks promptly to remove potential water sources.
  • Remove standing water from the property.
  • Store pantry goods in airtight containers so that silverfish and other pests cannot access them.
  • Do not leave leftover pet food out.

These tips can help homeowners prevent silverfish from moving into their homes. However, for an active silverfish infestation, professional silverfish extermination is the only solution. That is where Pro Active Pest Control comes in. We are local pest control experts who back our services with a 100 percent success guarantee. Our eco-friendly pest control treatments can ensure that silverfish are skillfully and safely removed from your Elk Grove property. In addition to being eco-friendly, our treatments are also pet-friendly so you and your furry friends can rest easy. 

With almost a decade in business serving Elk Grove residents, we have the knowledge and tools necessary to guarantee that your home is pest-free and comfortable. If you are looking for a reliable, local, family-owned team that you can trust, then look no further than Pro Active Pest Control. Give Pro Active Pest Control a call today!