Silverfish love to make a home in warm, damp places. They will eat paper and other organic material around your home, but they can also cause problems with electricity and insulation. According to Empire Pest Control, if you see one of these pests near your house, there are some things that might be attracting them. This blog post talks about the many potential reasons why silverfish could be attracted to your home!
What Are Silverfish?
Silverfish are long, slender bugs that have no wings or antennae. They are usually around half an inch in length and can live for up to two years!
These insects are commonly found throughout the world but prefer warmer climates. Silverfish will eat paper products like books, newspapers, glue on envelopes, wallpaper paste, and cardboard boxes.
However, they also feed on things like soap flakes and even their own shed skin!
What Attracts Silverfish to Your Home
If you find silverfish in your home, then there are things that are making them want to live in your home. Here are some of the things that silverfish are attracted to:
Warm and Dark Places
Silverfish like warm places, and they will also take shelter in dark areas. If you have lots of cracks between walls or behind furniture that is not often moved, then silverfish could be hiding there.
Silverfish will make their home in moist areas, especially if there are other food sources nearby. If you have leaks or damp spots around your home, then silverfish could be feeding on the mold and mildew near these sources of water!
Proteins and Carbohydrates
Silverfish are very attracted to any food sources in your home. They will eat things like soap, hair, and book bindings. If you have a silverfish problem, then it is likely because there is something edible near their hiding spots!
How to Get Rid of Silverfish
If you spot several silverfish in your bathroom and kitchen, chances are that there is already an infestation going on. Here are the ways on how to get rid of silverfish in your home:
Remove Food Sources
If you can get rid of any food sources that silverfish are feeding on, then the problem will likely go away.
Keep your home clean and free from proteins like pet hair or human hair. If there is anything edible in their hiding spots (like bookshelves or cabinets), try to remove it, so they don’t have access to these foods.
Make sure to get rid of any moisture sources around your home. Fix leaky faucets, make sure that water doesn’t pool up near the foundation of your house, and don’t leave dishes in the sink or a bathtub for too long!
If you have high humidity levels, then try running a dehumidifier during the summer months when these insects are most active.
Seal up Openings
These pests are tiny, so they will be able to fit through small cracks and holes around your home. Try sealing up any openings with some caulk or new paint!
It’s also a good idea to check the foundation of your house for cracks that silverfish could use as an entry point into your home.
Regularly Vacuum Upholstery and Carpets
Silverfish will go into your upholstery, baseboards, and even inside the carpeting to find food sources. Regularly vacuum around these places as well as near the foundation of your home so you can get rid of any eggs or shed skin!
Silverfish can be a big problem for your home. It is important to find out what attracts them in the first place, so you know exactly where they are coming from!
This blog post has given you some insight into what attracts silverfish to your home and how you can get rid of them for good.
If you have more questions to ask or need more help with this pest control problem, feel free to contact us anytime.