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Everything You Need To Know About Silverfish In Helena, AL

Keeping silverfish at bay in Helena can feel like a Herculean task. Silverfish love warmth and moisture – and we've got those in spades. Couple that with the fact that silverfish can eat just about anything in your house, right down to the wallpaper, and it's easy to see why it's so tough to avoid a silverfish problem in our area. The good news is twofold, though. The first piece of good news is that silverfish aren't dangerous. The second piece is that there is plenty of options for pest control in Helena.

Frequently Asked Questions About Silverfish

What are silverfish?

Silverfish are insects in the order Zygentoma. They're scaly, with tapered bodies that have segments from head to tail. These segments can hide the silverfish's three body parts, but they are insects, so they do have a distinct head, thorax, and abdomen. Their tapered bodies and silver coloring are what earn them their fishy name. And if you see one crawling around on your kitchen floor, it does look like a fish.

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish are considered a nuisance pest. They can't sting, and they don't carry disease. The only thing they can really do to threaten your health is crawl through your food and contaminate it with the germs on their bodies, which has the potential to sicken you, but it's not likely.

Silverfish can, however, destroy property. They eat just about anything with starch in it, not just the cornstarch in your kitchen. It can also include certain types of glue, books, papers, natural fabrics, and even wallpaper. A serious silverfish infestation has the potential to do a lot of damage.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish control is difficult because human habitations have so many different things that silverfish want. Our houses have moisture, unlimited food, and climate-controlled shelter, meaning silverfish will want to come inside all year round. However, there may be times when they are more interested in getting inside – like during the winter or in droughts.

Where will I find silverfish?

Just because you have silverfish in your house doesn't mean you will readily see them. Silverfish are very good at squeezing their tiny bodies into hidden spots where you can't see them. They're also nocturnal, meaning they're most active when you are asleep. However, if you look hard enough, you will be able to spot them.

Most of the time, you'll find silverfish in places where they can access something they need. You'll find them in basements or bathrooms with plenty of moisture and kitchens with lots of food. Look in dark corners, inside cabinets, and other places hidden and out of the way.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Silverfish can be very difficult to get rid of. Common over-the-counter silverfish treatments like sprays and sticky traps aren't all that effective at killing these sneaky little buggers. And while silverfish don't breed particularly fast, they're tough enough that they can make up for this by surviving all your attempts to kill them.

These silver insects can live up to eight years, laying one to three eggs per day. Given that they only come out at night, there's a good chance that the actual infestation is already well-established once you start seeing silverfish crawling around.

You'll need professional help to eliminate an infestation entirely. Here at Farmers Pest Control, if you have pests, we have solutions. We offer the best pest treatments in the area – as evidenced by our Shelby Living's Best of the Best Award! We aim to make sure our customers are satisfied and, above all, able to live their best pest-free lives. Reach out to us today for more information about our home pest control and commercial pest control options.

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Keeping silverfish out of your house doesn't have to be a huge hassle. In fact, most of the measures taken to prevent other pests, like roaches and ants, will also work for silverfish. To keep silverfish away:

  • Reduce moisture inside your home.
  • Cover all your garbage cans.
  • Seal up potential entryways into your home.
  • Store pantry foods in airtight containers.
  • Declutter to reduce hiding spots.

Following these measures can make your house less attractive to silverfish and encourage them to move on to easier pickings. But if you've got a silverfish problem you just can't shake, contact the pest experts at Farmers Pest Control!