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How To Identify A Silverfish Infestation

Silverfish are nocturnal, wingless insects that get their name from their silvery blue and grey scales. While harmless, they can damage fabrics, papers, books, photos, and other household items when seeking food. Here's how to find silverfish before they take over your home.

Where Do Silverfish Like To Hide?

Silverfish thrive in dark, humid places like attics, basements, bathrooms, closets, and offices. Check for them behind baseboards, under appliances, around plumbing, behind wallpaper, between books and papers, and inside storage boxes. Torn paper items or tiny yellow stains near hiding spots may indicate an active infestation.

Silverfish Prevention Tips

  • Store books/papers in sealed plastic bins

  • Repair leaky pipes and water damage

  • Install dehumidifiers to maintain low humidity

  • Seal cracks and openings with caulk

  • Remove excess clutter around your home

  • Use pheromone traps or sticky traps to monitor activity

Getting Rid Of An Existing Silverfish Problem

Contact the professional pest control experts at BREDA Pest Management if you discover a silverfish infestation. We use specialized treatments to eliminate silverfish in cracks and hard-to-reach areas. To prevent future problems, follow the prevention tips above after receiving silverfish control services.