What Tyler Residents Need To Know About Silverfish 

October 17, 2019

a silverfish infestation inside of a tyler texas home on a sunny fall day

One of the most dreaded household pests, these nocturnal insects have some of the most destructive feeding habits in all of Texas.

Silverfish are 15-millimeter-long, teardrop-shaped insects with three distinctive bristles on their back end. Like many other species of bugs, silverfish do not change their appearance during the growing process. Called a silverfish because of their often-silver appearance and fish-like movements, these insects are attracted to dark and damp places of a home. However, their quick movement and nocturnal habits allow them to live anywhere that food, water, and shelter sources are available. Kitchens, bathrooms, and basements are all common areas where silverfish can be found raising their young. 

Silverfish are not inherently dangerous to humans, but large infestations can cost homeowners hundreds of dollars' in repairs if left untreated.

 

Signs of Silverfish Infestation 

Silverfish are known for being destructive due to their unusual appetite for eating anything that contains sugar or starch, including but not limited to:

  • Paperback and hardcover books.

  • Shampoo and conditioner compounds.

  • Anything paper. This includes loose-leaf and treated papers, as well as notebooks.

  • Cardboard boxes, especially hidden in dark places like attics, basements, and sheds. 

  • Clothing items like shirts and shorts, including some shoes.

  • The exoskeletons of insects (like beetlesants, and others).

  • Cellulose content from live or dead trees, especially firewood.

  • Human foods, even ones that haven’t been opened. 

Because of their nocturnal habits and adept hiding skills, you could have a silverfish infestation for a long time and never notice their presence. The silverfish's accelerated reproductive capabilities allow them to multiply quickly, worsening the issue. Even if silverfish aren't harmful to humans, their destructive eating requirements can cause problems.

 

Innovative Control at Your Side 

DIY methods for controlling silverfish do exist. Cinnamon sprinkled along the floor or in problem areas will repel adult silverfish, but won’t eliminate eggs waiting to hatch. Once the new generation of silverfish has taken root, your pest problem will be back. To effectively control a silverfish infestation, you must ensure that all stages of silverfish are eliminated from the property. If you fear you may have a silverfish infestation that you can’t handle, contact the professionals at Innovative Pest Control. 

Ouraward-winning pest control practices have helped maintain our status as one of the most knowledgeable pest companies in the Texas region. Our technicians are standing by to solve your every pest issue.Call us today to book a free home inspection, and learn more about how Innovative can better serve you.

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