How Silverfish Get Into Your Home

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Silverfish get their name from their metallic outer shell and their slick and fishlike bodies, and their prehistoric appearance makes them both fascinating and repulsive to look at. Either way, you don’t want them inside your home as they can easily eat up everything from your curtains to valuable books and documents. Here is how silverfish are able to get inside your home and some easy ways to get them out.

How Silverfish get in Your Home

Silverfish can cause some significant damage, but finding silverfish in your home can be a sign of a more serious problem. When rainwater seeps through your roof and into your house’s beams and walls, many organisms can grow from mold to mildew to fungi. These organisms weaken the wood and give silverfish the entry points they need to get inside. It also makes the wood easier for the silverfish to chew through, creating even wider access routes. Once inside, the infestation will only increase unless measures are taken to eliminate them. 

How to Handle a Silverfish Infestation

First things first, if you notice silverfish in your house, it’s less important to handle the silverfish then the means they used to get in. Wood rot can cause serious problems, so hire professionals to inspect your house and repair any damage. As for silverfish, boric acid is a decent solution. Spread it around high traffic areas and it should kill off the silverfish rapidly. Roach traps are also a good method of extermination. Though, if all else fails, you should look into getting pest control experts to handle your problem once and for all.

Preventing a Silverfish Infestation

Finally, here is how to keep silverfish out of your house and stop the infestation before it begins. Silverfish roam the country looking for one thing in particular: Food. Silverfish feed off of the cellulose found in everything from wallpaper to old photos to shampoo, so store all loose cellulose-containing items in safe locations. Also, keep your house’s moisture levels as low as possible, as excess moisture can cause the mold and mildew that lets silverfish creep through. Finally, make sure your roof is leak-free and that your gutters are clean. These tips should keep your house safe from wandering silverfish.

House’s are big and silverfish are not, which means it’s very easy for them to find at least a few openings for them to use. However, with a little forethought, you can keep these pests outside where they belong. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, visit us at today.