Do you know what a silverfish is? You might think it’s an aquatic creature that you’ll find swimming in the ocean or a rushing river, but it’s a type of pest. Silverfish in Lincoln are invasive and odd-looking insects that often make their way inside homes.
It’s useful for all area residents to know what silverfish look like and some prevention tips. Read on to get guidance from the Lincoln pest control experts at Pro Active Pest Control.
What Is This Little Silver Bug?
Silverfish get their name because they are usually gray or silver and have fish-like movements. Their bodies are long, thin, and taper off towards the bottom. One of their most noticeable features is their long feelers that jut out from the ends of their bodies. Silverfish have six legs and antennae.
Silverfish prefer humid areas. They will live outdoors and make their way inside homes that provide enough moisture and clutter. They will hide around bathrooms, attics, and basements if they get inside.
How Dangerous Are Silverfish?
With their odd appearance, it’s easy to think that silverfish will bite or sting you. But, these pests are mostly considered a nuisance. While they can technically bite, they rarely do so and generally avoid people. They are even nocturnal. They also don’t sting.
The principal risk of a silverfish infestation is property damage. While this destruction is minimal compared to pests like rodents and termites, silverfish often ruin personal belongings. They eat paper, cardboard, grains, wallpaper, and more. They often damage beloved photographs and important documents and may get into food sources. While they don’t spread diseases, you should still throw out anything silverfish touch.
How To Prevent And Get Rid Of Silverfish
The easiest way to get rid of silverfish is through professional pest services, but there are some ways to prevent them if you don’t have a current infection. We suggest following these four steps:
- Focus on removing humidity issues. Repair broken and leaky plumbing and remove standing water from your yard.
- Seal up access points in the house. You can fix or replace broken screens and install weather stripping. Then, check the perimeter of the building and patch up holes in the walls and foundation.
- Remove access to their food sources. Keep pantry items stored in unsealed containers and keep paper-based things stored in dry areas.
- Clean up excess clutter around the yard and inside of the home. Make sure to throw out organic debris like mulch and leaf litter.
If you still wind up with an infestation of these pests, don’t worry; Pro Active Pest Control’s plans can remove them in no time.
Professional Silverfish Control For Your Home
Our experts offer ongoing Lincoln pest control services to address silverfish and other annoying pests. Our monthly plans are the best way to keep these pests away, and we can also remove them if they’re causing problems for you now. Silverfish can be elusive and hard to remove, but we simplify the process. Call our office today to request a quote.