We all must have seen these pests at some time or the other; they are very tiny insects that no homeowner wants to see on their property. These creatures are called silverfish because they are largely silver in colour and tend to resemble fish when they move. While most people feel that Silverfish are harmless, they do have the potential to cause problems in your home.
Making sure that your home doesn’t become a breeding ground for silverfish
The one way to ensure that you are better equipped to get rid of these pests is to understand more about them. Here are some silverfish facts:
- They live in humid and moist areas
- You will find silverfish in attics, garages, basements, closets and bathrooms
- They are fast breeders and within a matter of weeks can lay up to almost 60 eggs at one go
- Silverfish eat anything that has a starchy or sugary base- it’s why they tend to thrive on hair, photos, glue, paint, clothing as well as plaster etc. In fact, they can easily eat into books as well.
- Since they are so destructive in nature, they automatically become a threat to your home
Getting rid of silverfish
Anyone who has had to deal with a pest infestation knows exactly how difficult it can be to get rid of it. This is why the best option is to take certain preventive measures; it’s the one way to prevent the infestation from going out of hand. Here are the things you can do to prevent silverfish from infesting your home.
- When you are getting your carpets cleaned check them for signs of silverfish (partially eaten carpet fibres are a common indication). Ensure you vacuum thoroughly all-round the edges of the carpet.
- If you have stored any extra blankets or out of season clothing anywhere in your home, it’s a good idea to place these in sealed plastic bags
- You can try off the shelf pesticide sprays- pick one that contains propoxur, permethrin or cypermethrin. The effects of these pesticides can last for up to 4 weeks. Ensure that you spray all the areas carefully. Cover the spaces you have actually seen these creatures and in other damp and humid areas in your home. That will make the treatment more effective
Things to know
If you’ve just sprayed the pesticide and notice some silverfish around, there is no need to worry. These creatures need to come in contact with the pesticide for it to work. It will take at least a couple of weeks for them to crawl out of their hiding spots, in order that they come in contact with the spray. If you notice these pests crawling around even post 2 weeks, its best that you call in residential pest control experts to tackle the issue.
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