5 Things You Need to Know about Silverfish

Important Facts to Help You Deal with This Pest

do silverfish eat paper?

Silverfish are common pests you’ll find in your home, although you might not always see them. The sooner you identify an infestation, the better because this pest likes to munch on somethings you might like to hold onto. Here are five things you need to know about silverfish.

5 Things You Need to Know About Silverfish

They Are Appropriately Named

While silverfish are bugs and not fish, there is good reasoning behind their name. They get their name from their silvery color and the way they move like fish.

They Have an Unusual Diet

They love books! To eat them, that is. So much that they’ll make their home in your personal library or old photo albums and ruin them in the process. They won’t stop there; they will also make it to your closet to eat your clothing and to your kitchen for oats, flour, and sugar.

There Are Some Unusual Signs of An Infestation

Silverfish are nocturnal and avoid light, so you’re most likely to find them in an attic or basement. There are several signs that point to an infestation:

  • Seeing a silverfish
  • Spotting feces that are small, round, and black, almost like peppercorns
  • Holes in wallpaper, books, magazines, and other papers
  • Yellow stains
  • Shed skin

There Are Some Easier Ways to Get Rid of Them

Your first DIY step is to find out why they’ve made your home their own, then make your home less comfortable for them. Consider getting a dehumidifier to rid your home of the moisture that is attracting them, use air-tight food storage containers, and find a better way to store your books.

They Are Fast!

You won’t be able to spend the time finding a fly swatter, newspaper, or shoe to kill it when you find it. They are incredibly fast—even faster than their spider predators.

ExtermPRO Knows About Silverfish

Silverfish have no place in your home, and the silverfish control pros at ExtermPRO have experience dealing with these creepy crawlies. We know the signs, how to prevent them, and most important know how to get rid of silverfish. Call us today at 571-620-1168.