Have you recently come upon an unwanted pest in your home? Perhaps you were cleaning out your basement, a cabinet, shelf or closet and saw small insects anywhere from half an inch to an inch long, with bodies that taper toward their abdomens, covered with silvery gray scales. Were they also wingless, with long antennae? If you saw them move, you probably noticed their wiggling, fish-like gyrations. If so, there is a good chance that you have an infestation of Lepisma saccharina, more commonly known as silverfish.
In nature, most species of silverfish are nocturnal herbivores that primarily eat vegetation. However, the ones that commonly live in your home are more likely to feed on fabric and paper products. That’s why they often set up housekeeping in dark closets or hidden behind books on your shelves. Silverfish can live up to four years and will molt several times throughout their lives. They can go for up to a year without food.
Although they do not bite or otherwise directly harm humans, silverfish can definitely do damage in your home. They can harm books, tapestries, rugs and other fabrics. In times of famine, they will even eat leather. Many homeowners also find them to be unattractive in appearance and do not want them as houseguests.
Call JA-Roy Today
Take control of your silverfish problem today. The professionals at Ja-Roy Pest Control have the expertise to conclusively identify the source of your infestation. Using safe and proven techniques, they will eliminate silverfish from all of their hiding places on your property. Finally, they will give you comprehensive guidelines on how to keep these ugly and destructive pests from returning. Why not call Ja-Roy today for a free quote and consultation?