Silverfish

Silverfish

Silverfish
  • Colour: white to brown-grey or bluish-silver in colour
  • Shape: silverfish are teardrop-shaped insects
  • Length: 12-19 mm in length
  • Tail: Three long bristles on rear

Capable of thriving in most climates, silverfish prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens, and bathrooms. They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing. Commonly found in stored boxes in garages and sheds or outbuildings.

Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits, oftentimes ruining papers, clothing, and wallpaper. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches. They have been found in unopened food packages.

Homeowners often transport silverfish indoors unknowingly. When brought inside the home, cardboard boxes and plastic containers recently stored in infested areas can allow the pests to spread. Warm and moist spaces, like basements and crawl spaces, attract silverfish. The pests will enter homes through foundation cracks, torn screens or gaps around doors. Leaving dirty dishes out in the open will also lure silverfish indoors.

MIDS Pest Control is trained to help manage silverfish. Since every home is different, the MIDS Pest Control Officer will design a unique program for your situation. MIDS Pest Control can provide the right solution for you to keep silverfish in their place…out of your home. Most often, homeowners detect silverfish when they find one on the floor or in a sink or bathtub.

Silverfish infestations require professional treatment. Your local Pest Control Officer will be able to assess the situation within your home and determine the most effective methods of extermination for your specific problem. At the first sign of a silverfish infestation, contact your local pest control professional. Scheduling a home inspection may help you get rid of silverfish.