silverfish 1Silverfish are a common structural pest that are found in attics and upper crawl spaces of homes and commercial buildings. The predecessors of silverfish are considered the earliest, most primitive insects and one of the first animals to colonize dry land. They get their name, Silverfish, from their silver color and the motion they make when wriggling around like a flopping fish. These insects are found in hot and dry areas and feed on cellulose contained in paper products such as insulation, cardboard, etc. As long as they have an abundant food source they will continue to feed and breed, allowing populations and damage to increase.

Silverfish control is best achieved by a professional pest control company. Control materials range from aerosols, dusts, and baits and the professional pest control technician will know which method is best and safest for treating in areas of silverfish infestation. It is also recommended to reduce the food source for these insects. Try to remove old, cardboard boxes and other exposed paper products. When possible, store them within plastic tubs that lock tight. When moving items into your home, such as boxes, thoroughly inspect the contents for insects before storing them in your structure. This can greatly reduce your chances for an infestation.

SilverfishGetting rid of silverfish isn’t impossible, but it isn’t a simple task. Using a pest control company that treats areas with a Quarterly Pest Control program will help to consistently keep populations low. Pest Control programs such as these also do a great job of eliminating and reducing the populations of other pests as well. If you are trying to figure out how to kill Silverfish or other pests, we’d love to help.

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