What Are Silverfish?

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Silverfish are small, wingless insects that are usually silver or light gray. They range from ½ to 1 inch long and have two long antennae on their heads. Silverfish can be found in warm and humid places. They feed on starchy materials, such as flour and cereals, books, wallpaper glue, and other items containing starch. As a result, Silverfish can cause damage to stored food products, clothing, furniture, and carpets. Silverfish sometimes prey on other animals, such as owls and foxes. As such, they serve a valuable role in the food web by providing sustenance to larger predators.

Are Silverfish Dangerous?

Silverfish are considered dangerous pests because they can carry bacteria and cause harm to structures, furnishings, and food items in the home. Silverfish will feed on almost anything containing carbohydrates or proteins and even clothing. In addition to these materials, they have also been known to consume dead insects, molds, fungi, and flower pollen. Silverfish can also spread disease due to their ability to transport germs from one place to another through contact with humans. These diseases include salmonella poisoning, dermatitis caused by silverfish saliva on foods that we consume, and respiratory ailments caused by dust particles.

Why Do I Have a Silverfish Problem?

Silverfish infestations occur due to a variety of reasons. Moisture buildup in homes and exposure to food scraps or open containers provide an ideal environment for silverfish populations to breed. Inadequate ventilation in damp rooms creates the moisture silverfish like. Gaps in walls and around doors and windows allow silverfish access from the outside. Clutter, such as paper piles, books, and boxes, also provides cover for silverfish. In addition, poor sanitation practices can also contribute to silverfish infestations.

Where Will I Find Silverfish?

Silverfish can be found in many homes. They are often seen scurrying around bathrooms and kitchens, as these areas provide a damp and warm environment that silverfish prefer. Silverfish often enter homes through gaps around pipes, under doors, or through vents. The best way to tell if you have a silverfish infestation is to look for their droppings, which resemble pepper grains.
How Do I Get Rid of Silverfish?

At Kansas City Pest Control, we use a variety of methods to eliminate silverfish, such as insecticides, physical removal, and environmental modification. Insecticide treatments involve spraying the affected area with an approved product to kill any existing silverfish and prevent future infestations. Physical removal involves removing any visible silverfish from the environment and sealing off entry points into the property. Each treatment option has its benefits and limitations, so we always discuss them with our customers before deciding.

How Do I Prevent Silverfish Infestations in the Future?
One effective way to prevent silverfish is to limit their food sources. Silverfish feed on starch-containing materials, so keep your pantry items sealed and stored in airtight containers. Another critical step is to check for signs of silverfish and fix any existing issues. Look for areas where they may enter the home, such as cracks in walls or gaps around doors and windows. Finally, make sure to declutter regularly and keep your home tidy. Silverfish like dark, damp places where they can hide out of sight, so keeping things organized will help reduce the chance of an infestation.

Contact us today to learn more about our services. We look forward to helping you keep your property safe and free of unwanted pests!