3 Reasons Silverfish Are In Your Home

reasons silverfish are in your home

reasons silverfish are in your home Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN

Pests cause panic among some homeowners. From not knowing the type of pest to wondering how many more lurk in dark corners, their presence could cause concern. Silverfish are a common household pest, appear silver or grey in color with a flat body that is about one-half an inch to an inch in length, and are nocturnal like cockroaches. Although they do not cause disease or spread pathogens, they could trigger an allergic reaction in some people. Unfortunately, silverfish can contaminate food sources, stain clothing, and damage paper goods, including cardboard boxes. So, today on the blog, pest control technicians in Nashville at Ameri Care Services share three reasons silverfish are in your home and how to keep them out.

  1. Moisture

Silverfish need a high humidity level above 75 percent for survival. Since they are sensitive to moisture, they are typically attracted to damp conditions such as those found in bathrooms, garages, basements, cabinets, and kitchens. Although they can leave higher humidity areas for a short period of time, they rely on moisture to stay alive. To help control moisture in your home, install air vent fans in the bathroom, inspect cabinets for leaks under the sink, and check the area around toilets for possible moisture. For the basement area, you may need to place a dehumidifier in your home to help control the moisture level. In addition to internal moisture concerns, check the exterior of your home for standing water, and keep your gutters and downspouts debris free.

  1. Dark, Warm Places

Silverfish love dark, warm places between 70 – 90 degrees, making them more common in the warmer months of the year. If there is enough moisture to sustain life, they can appear in the attic, in a closet, or in the basement. In addition, silverfish could hide and lay their eggs in the carpet, floors or upholstery of furniture, so it is recommended that these areas are regularly vacuumed, and the contents of the bag emptied or disposed of outside the home to prevent re-infestation.

Silverfish are known for damaging paper products such as books, files filled with paperwork, and cardboard boxes. It is best to keep important documents or memorabilia stored in plastic storage containers with lids so the silverfish cannot infiltrate the box and destroy your belongings.

  1. Protein and Carbohydrates

Silverfish need to eat just as humans do and their favorites are protein and carbohydrates. Protein is not just located in the kitchen. An additional source of protein for Silverfish are the carcasses of other dead pests hiding in your home. For carbohydrate consumption, they like to eat cardboard, so storing food in boxes is an open-source and buffet for these pests. Silverfish will eat cereal, meat, pasta, pet food, and flour. To protect your food sources, store food in sealed plastic containers to reduce the risk of contamination. Also, it is recommended that you make sure to clean up after eating and keep the sink clear of dirty dishes.

Pest Control in Nashville and Murfreesboro

Although silverfish infestations are uncommon, the best prevention is regular home maintenance and routine pest control. Ameri Care Services is a professional pest control company in Murfreesboro that can assist you in keeping your home pest-free. To find out more about available services or to ask questions, feel free to contact us by calling (615) 893-7111 or online via our website.