Silverfish Identification & Prevention

What are silverfish?

Silverfish are nuisance pests that are known to invade homes and commercial properties throughout Southeast Florida. They are often referred to as bristletails because of the three-pronged appendages extending off their hind ends. Silverfish have antennae that are as long as their brown, carrot-shaped bodies. Their bodies are wingless and have metallic, silver scales. Silverfish run quickly using a distinctive wriggling, fish-like motion.

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Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish pose no significant danger to people, but will damage personal property by chewing on clothing, upholstery, and items made of paper. They also contaminate and feed on pantry items like cereals, flour, pasta, and potatoes. Silverfish are attracted to areas of high moisture, and an infestation can indicate a moisture problem in your home.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish live outside in dark, moist areas throughout most of the year, and they are often found living on properties close to homes. They move indoors if the weather becomes too hot or dry, seeking cooler shelter in damp areas of the house. Silverfish also get into homes inside of boxes, potted plants, and furniture that was previously stored outside.

Where will I find silverfish?

Silverfish are nocturnal insects, hiding during the day and emerging at night to feed. Outside, silverfish nest under compost piles, landscaping ties, leaf litter, mulch, trashcans, and fallen trees. Inside, they prefer to nest in areas that mimic their dark, damp outdoor environments such as basements, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, and areas under sinks. These insects have the potential to survive for weeks without food and water, allowing an infestation to grow for an extended period.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

The best way to eliminate problems with silverfish in your Southeast Florida home or business is to partner with an experienced professional. At Pest-Aside, we offer the residential and commercial services needed to get rid of silverfish and other common Florida pests at an affordable price. We are 100% committed to our customers and their pest control needs. To learn more about our pest control services, contact Pest-Aside today!

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Preventing problems with silverfish on your Lake Worth or Southeast Florida property is a difficult task, but here are some steps to help avoid an infestation:

  • Inspect items like potted plants and outdoor furniture for silverfish before bringing them inside.

  • Use caulking or wood filler to seal spaces in your home’s exterior walls.

  • Reduce food sources by keeping dry goods in air-tight containers.

  • Regularly vacuum floors and upholstered furniture.

  • Remove fallen trees, leaf piles, and other debris from your property.

  • Reduce excess moisture in or around your home by maintaining gutters, repairing leaky faucets and pipes, and using dehumidifiers.

 

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