Perhaps you’ve seen them when you’ve gotten into a box in the basement or opened an old book: a teardrop-shaped bug with a bristly rear scurrying to a dark corner. Or maybe you opened some boxes in a storage area and you noticed damage to your clothing. You’ve just seen a silverfish, and they can cause some damage to your valuables, often ruining papers and books, clothing or wallpaper.
Silverfish can live in most any area of the country. They prefer a dark, damp area to feed and breed. This makes basements, attics, bathrooms and sometimes kitchens very attractive spots for silverfish. You might have spotted them in a box in your garage or shed. They love paper and damp clothing, eating the glue in book bindings, wallpaper paste, linen and silk, and even stored food. This makes pantries and clothing closets targets for silverfish as well.
Their bites resemble a caterpillar eating a leaf and they will often work their way through a piece of paper by tearing little pieces of it at a time. Sometimes silverfish have been found in unopened containers of food!
Female silverfish can lay as many as up to 50 eggs and silverfish can reproduce quickly, making this pest difficult to get rid of. Since silverfish love dark spaces, finding out you have an infestation of silverfish can be difficult. They prefer to stay out of sight, so often finding a silverfish means you have a lot of them that will require a pest exterminator to remove.
Because silverfish prefer humid climates, one way to help control their population numbers is to work with pest control services to seal your house from humidity. Conscientious housekeeping efforts will also remove their food supply. You should take note of damage during the day; since silverfish are nocturnal and do not stray very far from their food source, you can then return to this area and examine it for silverfish at night.
However, you really should consult an exterminator once you have discovered silverfish. While you can set traps for silverfish the traps only catch individuals. When you are dealing with an entire colony you will need to contact a residential pest control service. Both the adults and the eggs have to be treated in order to successfully remove an infestation. A professional can help determine the best approach for your home to rid you of this destructive pest.