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Silverfish Identification

What are silverfish?

Silverfish are irritating, unsightly pests that we often find inside of our Texas homes. Their appearance and fast, wrigging movements tend to scare people and elicit unnecessary screams. It can be unsettling to see these alien-like insects wriggling out from stacks of stored paper, under cardboard boxes, or from a pile of books.

If you still can't quite picture what a silverfish looks like, here is a brief description. Silverfish have tear-dropped or carrot-shaped bodies, eyes that are wide-set apart on their heads, long antennae, and three long bristle-like appendages extending from the hind end. These insects are brown but covered in metallic, fish-like scales.

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish do not bite or spread diseases to people, but they are still unwanted in our homes. Silverfish feed on things that are high in carbohydrates. When in our homes, they damage and contaminate food and personal items. Things like books, papers, dry goods (cereals, flour), clothing, wallpaper, furniture, and carpets act as food sources for these pests.

Silverfish have high moisture needs, so if these pests are a regular fixture inside your home, it could mean a leaky pipe or other moisture problem is present, or there is poor ventilation in certain areas of your home.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish can become a problem in any home. They get indoors inside of things moved from one location to another like boxes, upholstered furniture, carpets, or clothing.

Another way a silverfish infestation can develop is after they move in through spaces in your home's exterior. These insects have high moisture needs, and leaking gutters, dripping air conditioners, and dense landscaping provide a water source, attracting them to the exterior of your home.

Where will I find silverfish?

When living outside in our yards, silverfish hide in piles of leaves and grass, under fallen trees, landscaping ties, or trash cans. If it becomes too hot and dry, they often migrate indoors, seeking dark, damp areas to settle. Basements, crawlspaces, cabinets under sinks, bathrooms, and kitchens are places homeowners spot these pests.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

When it comes to ridding your home of silverfish and other pests, it is always best to partner with an experienced, local professional. At Men In Black Pest Control, we provide our customers with the highest quality pest control services in order to meet their end goal of maintaining a pest-free property. Our well-qualified, highly-trained professionals will care for your property's pest control needs through our customized pest control services.

We provide Seabrook and surrounding communities with exceptional pest control solutions. Learn more about our residential and commercial pest control offerings by giving Men In Black Pest Control a call today!

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Let us help you live pest-free with our professional pest control services and the following silverfish prevention tips:

  • Give the exterior of your house a thorough inspection, making sure to seal any cracks you discover.
  • Cut back shrubs and bushes from your home's exterior and thin out dense landscaping; doing so will help keep moisture from being trapped around the perimeter of your home.
  • Fix leaky pipes, hoses, and fixtures.
  • Make sure your house is properly ventilated and isn't trapping moisture.
  • Use dehumidifiers in damp areas of your home.
  • Clear out stacks of unneeded books, papers, and boxes from your house.