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MARCH 16 2022 / PEST AND TERMITE
If you have ever encountered a silverfish in your home, we don't have to tell you how creepy they are. These nocturnal insects typically grow to be between 13 and 25 mm long, and their abdomens taper at the end. They are eyeless and wingless and have long antennae.
Silverfish move in a wiggling motion which, to some, resembles the movements of a fish. This, paired with their shape and silvery scales, is where they get their name.
Silverfish in your home is nothing you should simply shrug off. Not only do they directly cause problems, especially if they are allowed to increase in numbers, but they can also be an indication of bigger problems.
If you are discovering silverfish inside your home, you may have more to worry about than just a few chew holes in treasured items. Silverfish are a moisture pest and may be an indication that your home has sustained water damage.
If you have broken or obstructed gutters, or leaky pipes within your walls, water may be collecting inside your wall voids, or running down the sides of your home and softening the wood. Silverfish and other moisture-loving pests are drawn to softwood. And once wood becomes soft, it is easier for pests to chew their way in.
At first, only small insects will be able to enter but, over time, those holes may be chewed larger by rodents and, soon, you could have a whole other set of pest problems on your hands.
While we may not be able to fix plumbing issues or do reconstruction work on your home, we do know how to eliminate silverfish, and a whole host of other damaging pests, inside your home. Reach out to us today with further questions or to schedule service.