Silverfish bugs are a scary sight. They resemble an alien fish with long antennae and grey/silver scales. Silverfish also wiggle as they move hence the uncanny similarities to their water-dwelling friends. A silverfish bug looks prehistoric and otherworldly but they inhabit our Georgia homes with great frequency.
So what are Silverfish bugs and what do we need to know about them?
Silverfish are nocturnal insects and have strong aversions to light. They thrive in highly humid climate areas with levels between 75% and 95%. Silverfish bugs love moisture and warm damp areas. A typical Silverfish bug lives between 2 and 8 years. But they have been in existence for well over 400 million years.
What do they eat?
Silverfish feed on mainly carbohydrates and sugars which make them a menace for homeowners. They are typically found in basements, attics, and crawlspaces searching for materials to devour for sustenance. Silverfish love to eat cardboard boxes, paper books, binding glue, and fabrics such as silk and linen. Silverfish have been known to destroy wallpaper and also will feed on certain dead insects.
Are Silverfish bugs harmful to humans?
With their creepy appearance, one would suspect them to be a danger to humans. But Silverfish have not been known to bite or harm people, although they can be a catalyst for allergies in humans.
How did I get Silverfish in my home?
Chances are you brought Silverfish into your home unwillingly and by mistake. They are often found in cardboard boxes and packages, cardboard food containers, and storage materials. Leaving your dirty dishes out will also attract SIlverfish bugs into your home.
How do I get rid of Silverfish bugs?
Keeping all of your stored goods in plastic containers with tight sealing lids is a good start. Not leaving paper products exposed in basements, attics, and closets will help reduce the presence of Silverfish bugs in your home. Silverfish bug control and prevention is not a one-and-done process. It takes a scheduled pest control maintenance plan and experienced technician that will monitor your home and use recurring treatments to keep Silverfish at bay.
Pest Control & Prevention in Atlanta, GA
At Any Pest, we know how to treat and remove Silverfish from your home. A scheduled and regularly maintained pest control plan is the best line of defense for keeping pests, insects, and wildlife out of your house and property. Call us today to set up your free consultation or visit us online.