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Silverfish is one pest that can be very destructive once they invade the home. Silverfish are very agile insects, wingless, with a silvery scaly appearance. These pests range from 13 to 25 millimetres and have tapering abdomens that make them appear fish-like. Although silverfish seldom attack or bite humans, the damage they cause can be tremendous. If a silverfish infestation is seen in the home, they need to be completely removed with the help of commercial pest control measures.
Breeding Ground of Silverfish
Silverfish feed on starchy substances, so food items such as cereal or bread lying around may be targeted by these fast-moving pests. Silverfish feed on books, paper and clothing materials as well. These nocturnal insects are typically found in undisturbed areas of the house where they reproduce quite fast. They feed on glue in books so they would typically be found in bookcases, library areas and the attic of the house. Your clothes may not be safe if there are silverfish moving about in the house.
Getting Rid of Silverfish
Getting rid of silverfish from the home can be very difficult. This is because these pests live for a long time. Silverfish live up to around 3 years, during which the female can lay hundreds of eggs. The normal reaction of people to infestation is to find some over-the-counter insecticides to get rid of the pests. But this method is most of the time ineffective because a lot of eggs could be hiding in some hidden crevices. The pest eradication should be thorough and must be done to keep the place free from silverfish for the long term. This can only be done by making sure that the house is cleaned fully and become unfriendly to pests like silverfish. These pests thrive in moist environment, so it is ideal to get rid of damp areas and water leaks. Don’t leave food lying around and keep them in tight containers. Fix any cracks and crevices where silverfish may lay eggs.
In addition to making the house unwelcoming to silverfish, a professional pest control company must also be hired to ensure complete eradication of the silverfish population. Removing this sort of pest can be very difficult so a complete inspection of the infestation needs to be done by the professional pest control service. They will then come up with a good solution to ridding the house of the silverfish. Usually, the method will require flushing out the silverfish to get them out of their hiding places. There may also be cases where the silverfish are living within the wall cavities, so the pest control team will need a more complex method to remove them.