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How To Get Rid of Silverfish In Your Home

If you’ve never heard of silverfish, you might assume that it’s a creature found in rivers and oceans. If so, then you’d be quite wrong. Yes, it likes moist places, but it does not live in water. Actually, it might even be in your home. It is a tiny light grey insect that loves dark spaces; generally spaces where it can easily hide.

So as a homeowner, you need to know how to protect yourself against these pests. Here are some tips on how to get rid of them should they invade your sacred space:

Eliminate food sources

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The most common issue among pests is that they get into homes looking for food. Unlike bugs such as mosquitoes, silverfish don’t feed on human beings. But they can create a wreck out of your home feeding on papers and clothes. And when we mention papers, this can include important documents like your certificates. So what should you do?

Reduce clutter and food sources. Regularly vacuum cracks and crevices around the home with a narrow tip. Remove easily accessible food sources such as flour, cereals, and pet foods by storing pantry food in tight containers to reduce food sources. They eat a wide variety of foods that have carbohydrates and proteins. They will eat dried beef, flour, starch, paper, dead insects, glue, paste, cotton, linen, and some synthetic fibers. Reduce clutter; silverfish may be found in the attic and basement areas in storage boxes. They eat the glue on the boxes and book bindings. They may feed on surface molds found on cardboard boxes found in damp basements or attics. Make sure that vents are open in the crawlspace. Read more at Do Your Own Pest Control…

Get rid of Excess Moisture

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The one obvious thing you should know is that silverfish are not a sign that your home is dirty. On the other hand, they are a sign that your home is very damp. Silverfish love excessively moist homes or spaces. So do check your basement, your laundry room, or your bathroom. In other words, look at the spaces in your home that are exposed to water.

Excessive moisture and enabling factors such as poor circulation can also be harbingers of dangerous molds and other pestilences. This is another reason why it’s important to attack the causes of a silverfish infestation, rather than simply eradicating the bugs. A plague of silverfish is often a symptom of an underlying, enduring problem with excessive dampness in parts of your home. If you don’t treat the factors that caused your silverfish problem, they’ll return and you might find other problems arise with time as well.

Once you’ve tackled the moisture and sustenance problems, the silverfish population should rapidly dwindle. Read more from NextGen Pest Control…

Get a professional

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The biggest advantage of getting a professional is that from their experience, they know how to deal with the issue from the root. The biggest fear for some is the monetary implications. But consider the long-term implications on your property if these creatures continue hanging around as you perform self-taught DIY procedures.

The best way to get rid of silverfish is by hiring a professional pest control company. You can look into traps and insecticides, but in general, these will only treat the individual silverfish that come across them, and not address a full infestation. To effectively eliminate silverfish, you must get rid of all of the pests and make their shelter inhospitable. Experienced pest control specialists can create an effective treatment plan. Read more from This Old House…

As a homeowner, the most trustworthy pest control company in Maryland is Backyard Bug Patrol. Try us today to resolve all your silverfish troubles. We deliver beyond our customers’ expectations.