It’s happened to all of us—you go to pick up a box or move a book near your bookcase and a tiny silverfish comes scuttling out. These bugs are one of the most common household pests, especially here in Louisiana. Seeing these tiny insects in your home can likely lead you to wonder how they got inside in the first place. The good news is that these insects aren’t particularly harmful. The bad news? They can become quite a nuisance and are difficult to get rid of without the help of a professional pest control expert. For that reason, it’s important to learn how to prevent them in the first place. The experts at Ja-Roy Pest Control are here to share everything you need to know about silverfish—read on to learn more!
Why Do I Have Silverfish?
Like any other pest, silverfish are drawn to homes in search of food or water. They are also frequently carried indoors when people bring in infested dry food products, boxes from storage units, books, and more. Once inside, they will retreat to areas of the home that provide them with moisture—namely, attics, basements, and laundry rooms. They’re also going to be drawn toward areas that provide them with food: bookcases, food pantries, and closets. These pests are mostly active overnight, making it hard to spot them during the day unless you disturb their habitat.
How to Prevent Silverfish in Your Home
The key to silverfish control is to learn how to prevent them in the first place. This means making your property less hospitable to the tiny insects. Our top tips to prevent silverfish are as follows:
- Get rid of excess moisture in the home. Silverfish love damp, moist environments. To discourage such an environment in your home, consider using a dehumidifier and always use a fan in your bathroom.
- Clean up and avoid clutter. Cluttered boxes of books and paper provide silverfish with both shelter and a meal. Properly store your important documents and other paper items in airtight bins.
- Repair plumbing issues promptly. Leaky faucet or plumbing fixture? Not only will this attract silverfish, but a plethora of other pests as well. Promptly fix plumbing issues whenever you find them.
- Keep dry food in sealed containers. Like pantry pests, silverfish will feast on dry foods like cereals, rice, quinoa, flour, and sugar. Consider storing all dry food items in airtight containers.
Need to Get Rid of Silverfish?
Silverfish are tricky pests to deal with. They’re fast and like to hide out of your sight. If you’re noticing more and more of these tiny bugs in your home—and can’t seem to get rid of them on your own—it’s time to call in an expert. At Ja-Roy Pest Control, our exterminators will work hard to keep your property safe and sound from silverfish year-round. Contact us today to get started!