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Frequently Asked Questions About Silverfish

What are silverfish?

Silverfish are small, flat, teardrop-shaped insects that often move quickly. They have a metallic, silvery coloration and three long bristles at the end of their body, which may make them appear quite frightening to many individuals. Their silvery scaly appearance and quick, almost zig-zagging movements earn them their name, "silverfish."

Silverfish are nuisance pest invaders, and dealing with a silverfish infestation is often difficult to handle by yourself. Silverfish move quickly, hiding in hard-to-reach places around your property, and are frightening to encounter. However, getting rid of silverfish is essential if you want your property free of these troublesome insects and the problems they bring. Reach out to us today for help with pest control in Elk Grove, CA.

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Are silverfish dangerous?

While silverfish are incredibly unlikely to bite humans and don't carry diseases or pathogens throughout human structures, they may contaminate stored food and food preparation surfaces, making them risky to host around your property. Silverfish droppings are the main cause of issues, and as these pests chew their way through stored cereals, grains, and pet food, they leave behind problem-causing droppings.

Additionally, a silverfish problem may trigger allergies in certain individuals, and a widespread infestation can result in respiratory issues or general indoor allergy symptoms.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish love damp, dark areas and will often seek out properties that can provide these conditions, both indoors or outdoors. If you notice silverfish numbers are increasing around your property, you likely have plenty of the things they love, such as moist areas and openings that allow these pests to invade interior spaces, cluttered hiding areas, and unprotected stored food or starchy items for them to feed on.

Where will I find silverfish?

Silverfish are commonly in dark, damp areas, especially near starchy items they can feed on. You will likely find them in basements, crawl spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, and storage boxes containing papers, clothing, and fabrics. Outdoors, you might see silverfish around the foundation of your property in moist soil, near puddles, and hiding underneath woodpiles or piles of brush.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

The best way to get rid of silverfish is to contact Bell Pest Control with all of your silverfish control concerns. Our service technicians will help identify your main problem areas and provide effective and reliable pest control solutions. You can count on our decades of experience to help pest-proof your Elk Grove area property. Call us now to learn more or get started.

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Stop future silverfish problems from occurring by following our expert silverfish prevention tips below:

  • Store dry goods and starchy food items in airtight containers that are either plastic or glass to make it difficult for silverfish to infiltrate them.
  • Seal cracks and gaps around your property's windows, doors, and foundation to keep silverfish out.
  • Invest in window and door screens in addition to weatherstripping and door sweeps to help keep silverfish invaders out of interior areas.
  • Declutter interior areas often and use plastic storage containers for items like books, papers, and clothing to prevent them from becoming damp and infested with silverfish.
  • Utilize dehumidifiers where necessary to stop interior damp and humid conditions.
  • Clear out areas of long grass, piles of brush and debris, woodpiles, and overgrown foliage to remove silverfish hiding spots.

Reach out to Bell Pest Control if you need more help with reliable silverfish prevention or control in Elk Grove and the surrounding areas.

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