There are many kinds of pests that can infest your home and become a nuisance. One of the most common, and most infuriating to eliminate, is the silverfish. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to find these small, silvery bugs scurrying around in moist areas of their home. In small numbers these bugs can be irritating, but with a full fledged infestation you have a serious problem on your hands. For this reason, Fruitland silverfish prevention is very important.
These pests feed on sugars and starches, which can be found in nearly everything: wood, clothing, books, magazines, files, shampoos, cardboard, pantry items, and more. Thus, a large population living in your home can cause considerable damage.
A further problem with silverfish is their size and shape. They’re typically around 3/4 of an inch long and have flat, low-profile bodies. This makes them adept at hiding and breeding in small crevices and hard-to-reach areas. This translates to a big nightmare when trying to exterminate them within your home. Without professional help, removing all silverfish is nearly impossible. That all considered, it’s important to protect your home against silverfish before an infestation can occur.
Here are some basic tips for Fruitland silverfish prevention.
- Remove any items that are leaning up against or touching the outside of your home. Silverfish are great climbers and can gain access to your home by climbing onto the walls and finding cracks in pipes, windows, or doors.
- If you have a shake roof be sure it’s cleaned and sealed every other year. Silverfish love to hide in shake roofs.
- Silverfish require a moisture-rich environment to survive. If areas of your home have high humidity levels, use a dehumidifier.
- Repair any other potential sources of moisture such as leaky pipes, faulty drains, and wet or decaying wood.
- Keep all pantry food like dried meat, sugar, and flour in air-tight containers.
- Don’t store old files, pictures, magazines, or books in areas prone to higher moisture such as attics, crawlspaces, basements, or garages.
- Frequently vacuum carpets and upholstery to remove food crumbs that might attract silverfish.
- Be sure all seams in windows, walls, and doors are well caulked and have no openings for silverfish to gain entry into your home.
It’s important to take these steps now in order to prevent a infestation in the future. However, if you’re actively facing an infestation, it’s important to contact a pest control agency immediately. Do-it-yourself efforts will largely fail, and can end up wasting your time, energy, and money. For more help with either silverfish elimination or Fruitland silverfish prevention, contact Get Lost Pest Control today.