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You go about your days as usual; you wake up, go to work, get back, spend some quality time with your family and friends but… when you least expect it, something in your home isn’t exactly as it should be! Yes, you notice one only once, while you were hovering, and you didn’t pay much attention to it; “It is just a little bug – I have seen many in my life,” you think. Expecting never to see it again, you totally forget about it. But you are wrong, a few weeks later, you notice another crawling by the sink, with its now familiar look: a long and thin body, between half and a quarter of an inch long, six legs, three long tails and two long feelers. Its color is quite particular too: between black and silver, depending on the species and on the light you see it in. “Fine, yet another little insect,” is what comes to your mind. But then… you see one scuttling under the cupboard, one hiding under your bed, and yet another one crawling next to the skirter as if it was its home!
Then you will know that your home has a silverfish infestation. What can you do now? Just bear with me and you will find out everything you need to know about these creepy-crawlies and how to get rid of them.
Silverfish Control: Protect Your Home
What Do Silverfish Look Like?Size: The common silverfish is about 1/2 an inch in length, but may grow as long as 3/4 of an inch.
Color: Deriving its name from the color of its body, the silverfish typically appears shiny silver or pearl gray.
- Shape: Slender, flat and “carrot shaped,”
- Tapered: The silverfish body gradually tapers from the front to the rear.
- Three “tails”: A trio of long, thin, tail-like appendages extend from the rear.
- Two antennae: The insect also has two long antennae which, when combined with the tail appendages, nearly equal the length of the body.
- Motion: As the name implies, silverfish are silver or gray insects that move from side to side in a manner that resembles the motions of a swimming fish.
Nocturnal by nature, silverfish are fast-moving but do not possess wings for flight
What Do Silverfish Eat?Silverfish can go for long periods of time without nourishment. When the pests eat, they tend to prefer foods high in carbohydrates and protein:
- Cereal grains
- Dried meat
- Dead insects
- Other silverfish
In the home, silverfish may attack and eat the following:
- Synthetic fabrics
- Glue contained in book bindings
- Most paper products
Silverfish lay their eggs in cool, moist, and dark places, such as cracks, crevices, and other narrow spaces near sources of food.
Read more about the silverfish life cycle.
- Hiding spots: Look for silverfish in basements, storage areas, closets, and crawl spaces.
- Holes: May notice holes at irregular intervals in books or wallpaper, sometimes accompanied by yellow staining.
- Feces: Remain alert for tiny fecal matter that looks like specks of pepper.
- Moisture: Silverfish are often found in areas of high moisture, including bathtubs and sinks.
Problems Caused by Silverfish
Primarily just a nuisance, silverfish are not known to transmit any diseases or cause structural damage to homes.
DamageFor the most part, homeowners, museum workers, and librarians detest the creature because of its appetite for:
- Similar artifacts
In these situations, damages can be costly, especially if rare or antique pieces are fed on.
AllergiesThough rare, the accumulation of dead silverfish and their scales may lead to allergic reactions, as well as provide a food source for the damaging carpet beetle.
Signs of Infestation
Outside of seeing the insects scurrying from place to place indoors, the most common sign of a silverfish infestation is the damage they inflict upon:
- Book bindings
- Fabrics found around the home.
HolesThe emergence of small, unconnected, and irregular-shaped holes and staining may hint at the presence of the silverfish.
- Environment: As silverfish prefer dark and moist hiding places, eliminating their favorite environmental conditions can help prevent the insects from infesting.
- Moisture: Reroute drainage away from the home to reduce damp conditions in basements or crawl spaces, keep interior floors clear of debris and use a dehumidifier to lower the relative humidity within the structure.
- Storage: Keep all dry goods in properly sealed containers, and store books in a moisture-free environment.
Tips for Removal from Home
TrapsSilverfish can be difficult to eliminate with sticky traps and other store-bought baits.
While infestations may not reach large enough numbers to draw notice, the insects are resilient and sometimes return even after they are believed to be eliminated.
Contact the ProfessionalsTo ensure complete eradication from the home, call Western and we’ll come out for a free inspection.
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What Are Silverfish?
The chances are that you have never even heard of them, or, if you have, you know little about them. We may need to describe these tiny creatures to start with. They are tiny insects that go by the Latin name of Lepsima saccharina; in the wild, they are perfectly fine, but they happen to prefer the comfort of people’s homes for many reasons, which we will discover in a second. To start with, they are nocturnal animals, which means that they will sleep during the day and crawl about mainly at night. So, if you have seen them, it is most likely at dawn or after dusk. They are usually very small, but bigger ones can grow to be an inch long (well, as bugs go, this is pretty big). Overall, they could take the prize for the most typical creepy crawly: tiny, with scales, many legs and long feelers and the odd characteristic of having three tails. They are not a pleasant sight. They also molt very often (up to 30 times a year), so they leave their dry skin around your place.
They take their name from the fact that they like sugar and sugary food; thus, they find a perfect habitat in our homes – the tiny sugar crystal you drop by mistake or falls off your child’s birthday cake is what they are really after; let’s not even mention how they love to suck on the minute droplets from the fizzy drink you opened on a warm day… On top of that, you will be providing free heating and shelter from predators. They have been found to live almost all over the world; in fact, they can infest homes in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Oceania. Thus, unless you live in Antarctica, you can be an unwilling host to these crawling insects.
They live between two to eight years, laying up to almost 100 eggs in their lifetime. So, even if they do not reproduce as fast as mosquitoes, they can certainly fill your home with tiny creatures that are, let’s be honest, not the prettiest of sights. This is particularly true if you have carpets; in fact, they love places where they can hide easily and which are not as easy to clean as, let’s say, a marble floor; they will find food and shelter within your carpet, and they will prosper on the tiny crumbs and droplets of sugary food and drinks you accidentally drop there.
The most disgusting thing, maybe, is that they also like your dead skin, especially dandruff, thus, if you happen to suffer from it, you may wake up to find that they are crawling on your head.
Do Silverfish Carry Disease and/or Cause Damage?
Finally a piece of good news! Silverfish are not known to carry any disease to humans. This is according to proper scientific research. So, unlike mosquitoes or cockroaches, they do not constitute a health hazard.
On the other hand, they are a real nuisance; like cockroaches, they are very difficult to get rid of. You can try hoovering and cleaning the floor even more than once a day, and it simply will not work: they need so little to survive that the odd crumb hidden under the cupboard can feed one for a long time. You can try poison, and they have an impressive resistance to bug poison; an odd fact about them is that they can live up to one year with no food at all. So, the problem is sending them packing.
Now, to the second part of the question: do they cause damage? The answer is a resounding yes! Silverfish have very odd taste, to be quite honest:
- They like cellulose; this means that they will eat away at your cupboards and drawers and even photographs!
- They like fibers; what is made of them in your home and can end up having these tiny animals gnawing at them? Simple: your clothes, curtains, bedding, and carpet (if it is natural and, of course, expensive).
- They also like books; no, they do not go to bed reading a Jane Austen novel… they actually eat them!
Do We Have a Solution?
I can see you with your hands in your hair and a look of despair on your face now. So, you have spotted these little creatures around your home, and you know it is virtually impossible to get rid of them with conventional methods. What can you do? Well, step back, relax and listen… there is a new solution! It is new, true, but it is also 100% functional and safe; it has been tested scientifically and by many people with a silverfish infestation and it actually works!
But the news gets even better from here; this new solution is also cheap and non-invasive. Unlike traps and poison, which can hurt not just your unwelcome guests, but also your pets and children, this scientifically advanced repellent causes no damage to your loved ones, on two or four legs alike. Finally, this solution is moral: unlike classical products, which are aimed to hurt and even kill the insects, this modern response to infestations simply sends them packing causing no damage whatsoever to them: I am talking about ultrasounds, that will simply scare the silverfish off while you will not even hear them, and which, thanks to Silverfish Repellent, will see the creepy crawlies leave your home immediately, and will guarantee that within 72 hours, your hone will be silverfish free.
How Does It Work?
The science behind it is easy, yet tested. We humans only hear sounds between 22 Hz and 22,000 Hz (a.k.a. 22 KHz); this is the range of the frequency of wave sounds our hear can detect. Other animals, however, including silverfish, can hear sounds much higher than that frequency. So, what does Silverfish Repellent do? It plays those high sounds into their ears at very high volume! They will find it annoying and leave, while you will not even be capable of hearing them! Isn’t this the perfect solution?
So, how do you use this new, technologically advanced solution? This too, you will be pleased to hear, is very easy. Silverfish Repellent is lime a radio in many ways; the only difference is that instead of playing music, it plays ultrasounds. So, the procedure for using it is one you know already:
- Purchase Silverfish Repellent
- Wait for the delivery (which will be really fast).
- Open the package.
- Stick Silverfish Repellent on the wall.
- Switch it on.
- Relax and forget about it; as we said, you will not even hear it.
- Within 72 hours all the silverfish will have left your home. The company even offers a full refund if you are not happy!