Steps for Preventing Silverfish in Vancouver
What are Silverfish?
Silverfish are about 1/2 inch long, with a uniform silvery color over the upper surface. Their bodies are long and slender, flattened. They can be found almost anywhere, but prefer damp, moderate temperatures found in basements, laundry rooms, and under sinks.
They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing. Commonly found in stored boxes in garages, sheds and attics. But inside, silverfish are found just about anywhere that is dark and humid.
Habits of Silverfish
Proper treatment and control of silverfish requires understanding feeding behavior. They can roam some distance for food, but once they have found a food source, they remain close to it.
They feed on natural textiles, wallpaper pastes, books and paper. They also eat: dried beef, rolled oats, flour, paper, starch, cotton, silk, some synthetic fibers, sugar, dead insects, glue, paste, and linen. In damp basements or attics they can also feed on the surface molds.
Preventing Silverfish Infestation
Seeing a silverfish now and again is not cause for alarm and if you want to keep it that way, do the following:
- Don't leave piles of newspaper or mail around. Similarly, get rid of old cardboard boxes in the basement.
- Store off-season clothing in sealed bins somewhere dry.
- Vacuum regularly to pick up food crumbs and suck up any silverfish eggs.
- Keep dry food in containers with tightly sealed lids.
Effective Control of Silverfish
Silverfish are nocturnal and very fast so often you may not realize a problem until it is serious. Silverfish infestations require professional treatment. Your local pest control expert will assess the situation in your home and detail the most effective solution.
At the first sign of a silverfish infestation, contact your local pest control professional.