Silverfish as a Pest
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Pest Control Treatment for Silverfish
It is easy to identify silverfish in your home. They are found anywhere within buildings from residential high rises to commercial premises. They will feed on most types of human foods, they prefer starchy material. They are known to damage paper and photographs and book bindings, cottons, linens and wallpaper.
Control of silverfish
A thorough inspection of the internals of buildings by a professional pest control company is an important step before any treatment is used. The inspection should involve moving boxes and opening stored articles; this will help to disturb silverfish. In some cases, the use of a flushing agent can help to disturb silverfish and increase activity. When populations are found residing in wall cavities, this can make control more complex.
Non-chemical methods of prevention and control
The inspection of goods brought into the premises that may harbour silverfish, such as second-hand books and furniture, will help to avoid an infestation from occurring. Books, papers, files should all be stored in a light and airy place. In a kitchen environment, food should be stored in sealed containers and frequent cleaning of food scraps and crumbs will helps to reduce a favourable environment for silverfish.
Because of the widespread distribution of silverfish within buildings, it may be necessary for a pest control company to use a combination of treatments in order to achieve a successful outcome.
There are a number of surface sprays that are registered for use in silverfish control. When using these sprays, they should be applied to surfaces where the silverfish rest or travel.
Dust formulations containing permethrin can be useful in silverfish control. Silverfish often dwell in situations that are not suitable for wet sprays. If the dust is applied correctly to the surfaces it will leave a fine layer, which will give good residual control. Dusting roof voids, can be very effective as silverfish often harbour there, and can be safely and efficiently treated.
The treatment of silverfish problems can be handled by a pest control company by placing insecticidal baits in appropriate areas within the premises. The placement of baits is very important as competition from different food sources can limit their effectiveness.