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Silverfish Identification & Prevention

What are Silverfish?

Many pest control services in Georgia offer treatment options for silverfish, an insect attracted to damp or humid conditions. Preferring to live in quiet, dark corners, these arthropods hail from the Zygentoma order and are easily identified by their silvery bodies and back-and-forth fishlike movements.

You can identify silverfish around your property by looking for the following characteristics:

  • Half to one inch in length
  • Silver-colored exteriors
  • Tapered, teardrop-shaped body 
  • Two long antennae and cerci

Silverfish are extremely cosmopolitan creatures and enjoy a wide distribution across the globe. There are 18 species located in North America alone and several million living pests within the state of Georgia.

American Pest Control has everything you need to deal with a silverfish infestation. Call (706) 702-4532 or fill out our online contact form to get started.

Are Silverfish Dangerous?

a silverfish on paper

Silverfish pose little danger to people and pets. They are incapable of biting or attacking humans and cannot spread disease from place to place. Don’t let their sudden movements or surprising speed concern you; these insects are unable to affect humans on a physical level.

However, you should know that silverfish are extremely destructive and can easily destroy precious personal property. These insects consume cellulose as a primary food source, although they aren’t picky and often feed on adhesives, fabrics, and carpet. Some species even consume photographs, paint, and plaster, meaning it’s only a matter of time before they leave a trail of destruction in your home.

Why Do I Have a Silverfish Problem?

Silverfish require an extremely moist environment to survive, which means they cannot live in any location without a relative humidity of 75%. This makes it more likely for you to experience a silverfish infestation if your property has waterproofing issues, leaky pipes, and clogged drains, or cracks or gaps around the foundation.

The exterior of your home may also play a role in the increase of localized silverfish populations. Clogged gutters, for example, can lead to an overabundance of water and create perpetually damp zones where silverfish can thrive. The presence of tall vegetation and unmowed grass also encourages pests to infest the sides of the home. Pests may quickly discover entry points and vulnerabilities, leading them to invade your home in droves.

Where Will I Find Silverfish?

Silverfish prefer to spend their days in quiet, dark conditions. Outside, they prefer the undersides of rocks or the moist, rotting environment of poorly stacked firewood piles. Leaf litter, decomposing plants, and thick vegetation can also provide a welcoming environment with plenty of shade and moisture.

Inside, silverfish prefer to infest the darkest and dampest parts of your home. Kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are some of the most suspect areas, although showers, bathtubs, and attics can also house large populations. Be sure to investigate your basement or crawl space for the signs and symptoms of a silverfish infestation.

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How Do I Get Rid of Silverfish?

Silverfish are classified as occasional invaders and require a unique approach to manage correctly. Unlike larger mammals or more intensive pests, these insects can hide, breed, and thrive undetected for years on end. DIY treatment options and over-the-counter solutions may offer temporary relief but not long-lasting results. That’s why hundreds of people in Northeast Georgia rely on American Pest Control for all their silverfish management needs.

You can think of the team at APC as your all-American partner for pest control and management. Sporting years of experience in the pest management industry, we make short work of any infestation with hand-picked tools, products, and team members. No need to worry about getting rid of silverfish yourself – our team can handle it all from beginning to end.

We invite you to get in touch with American Pest Control today to inquire about home or commercial pest control in Georgia.

How Can I Prevent Silverfish In The Future?

Whether you’re a busy business owner or a frustrated homeowner, you can rely on this list of proven tips to help prevent silverfish from entering the premises:

Manage the humidity inside your building by running a dehumidifier. If possible, hang desiccant bags and other moisture-capturing devices to draw water away from the walls and floor.

Repair any clogged drains or leaky pipes that may be contributing to your moisture concerns. Depending on the severity of your water issues, you may also want to consider professional foundation repairs or waterproofing.

Seal up any cracks or gaps that could let silverfish into your home. Be sure to purchase a waterproof brand of caulking to eliminate potential erosion or degradation over time.

For the best defense against silverfish and other pests, consult with the professional team at American Pest Control to set up ongoing pest control services by calling (706) 702-4532.

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