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Silverfish Control

How To Control Silverfish 

Normally, the average homeowner doesn’t think about silverfish when thinking about the main pest which may trespass into a household; this is usually reserved for roaches or ants. However, silverfish can be just as annoying as roaches and ants and is very quickly becoming an increasing issue for homeowners, especially in areas of the country where there is a lot of moisture and humidity. It’s not uncommon to encounter an outbreak of silverfish in the bathroom while in the shower. Silverfish can appear practically anywhere in the home where they can find a source of food. If left to their devices, they can very easily get out of control.

Here at Solutions Pest and Lawn, we have all you could possibly need for silverfish control, ensuring the safety of your important personal belongings. We carry a full line of approved professional strength Silverfish bait, traps, and spray products that will put an instant stop to these insects so they no longer create any more damage.


4 Step Guide on How To Get Rid of Silverfish

Eliminating an infestation of silverfish doesn’t have to be super complicated. No matter how big of a silverfish issue you have, they can be overcome with the correct approach. Our entomologists and pest control experts have compiled a simply to execute 4 step process to address silverfish infestations and kill them in large numbers.


Step One: Identification. In order to correctly tackle a silverfish problem, you have to first correctly identify a silverfish. This will help in making it so you can apply the correct environmental modifications and use the right control products to eliminate the pest. Silverfish are a shiny gray color, giving them a silver almost metallic looking appearance. Their bodies are slender, and taper a bit from their rounded head to their pointed abdomen.


If you have seen a silverfish up close you will notice that their bodies look similar to a  segmented, silver carrot. Silverfish have three tail-like appendages at the end of their body and two front antennae. These five appendages are usually as long as the entire body of the silverfish. These insects typically grow between one-half and three-quarters of an inch in length, with their young appearing identical to the adults, only smaller (about one-quarter inch).


Silverfish can be sometimes mistaken for firebrats or vice versa. If you aren’t totally sure if the insect you see is a silverfish. Take a picture of the insect and send it to identification@solutionsstores.com and we will correctly identify the insect and give you helpful control recommendations.


Step Two: Inspection. Once you are certain that what you’re dealing with is silverfish, you will have to perform a detailed inspection of your home to see where they are congregating and what sources are attracting them to trespassing in your home. Silverfish particularly like moist areas, so checking places where there is excess moisture, leaks or plumbing issues is a good place to start. If you don’t see silverfish themselves you may notice silverfish droppings. These droppings resemble little black specks or pellets.


Another thing you should look out for is silverfish damage. Silverfish enjoy tearing into wallpaper, books, papers and cardboard storage boxes in their quest for food. Other evidences of the presence of silverfish are yellow stains (which silverfish leave behind wherever they travel) and shed skin. Looking in cracks and crevices around the home should also be done since silverfish love to be out of sight.


Step Three: Control. At this point, you will have identified and noted the main areas where you have noticed silverfish or signs of silverfish activity, so now it’s time to flush the silverfish out with control products. What you utilize depends upon how severe of an infestation you have. If your silverfish invasion is particularly large in numbers, we recommend a combination of insecticide sprays, dusts and traps.


Spray a high-quality insecticide concentrate like Cyonara 9.7 Insecticide or Reclaim IT, creating a barrier around your home to keep silverfish from coming in. For cracks and crevices, we recommend dusting with a product like D-Fense Dust and a hand duster. Dusts leave a long-time residual which will protect your home from silverfish for up to 6 months. Lastly, setting traps like the B&G Lo Line Insect Trap. and laying out Dekko Silverfish Packs can take care of any lingering silverfish in the home that hasn’t succumbed to the insecticides.


Step Four: Prevention. Finally, once you have successfully dealt with your silverfish infestation and the silverfish have all been killed, you will want to make sure that they don’t make a return. The best way to do that is to eliminate moisture and food sources that silverfish enjoy. Fix any plumbing leaks and dry up wet spots and areas, particularly around the kitchen and bathroom areas. Regular vacuuming and the use of a dehumidifier can be helpful in keeping your home nice and dry. Silverfish also like starchy foods or molds to survive so by cleaning up mold and storing away grains and cereals and tightly sealed containers will make your home less appealing for silverfish.


Silverfish Background Information

Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) are solid silver colored insects that are about a ½ inch long and possess a hard exoskeleton. They look like fish and their movements are very similar, hence the reason they are named silverfish. They have 2 long antennas on their head and 3 prominent “tails” or bristles on their backside.

The silverfish reproductive process is quite interesting. Silverfish perform love dances before mating. First by touching antennae. The female then flees and when they reunite they begin to reproduce. The female lays a number of eggs each day, which varies. Nymphs (eggs) develop faster in very humid environments, and this is part of the reason they like humid places so much.From egg to adulthood there is practically no visible change in their appearance.

Silverfish mainly like to feed on sugars and starches which make up many of our human foods and other items which contain such ingredients in jeopardy of an infestation. The bugs love to consume the starch found in book bindings, paper on which there’s glue or paste, various fabrics, bathroom products, cereals, flour, crumbs and plants.

While silverfish can thrive almost anywhere, they prefer dark, moist, and humid areas (60-80 degrees Fahrenheit) that have plenty of food for them to feast on and where they can be secretive. The most common places where silverfish seek shelter are in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, attics and basements. They are also commonly find under sinks, bathtubs, in storage boxes, bookcases, old stacks of papers (magazines, newspapers, etc.), on closet shelves, behind wallpaper, wall voids, window or door frames, and baseboards.


How to Spot a Silverfish Infestation

Controlling silverfish bugs can make for quite a difficult challenge because they like to hide in dark and secluded areas and reproduce quite fast. They are nocturnal insects and can move very quickly in a slithering motion. They hide well and can stay undetected for a long period of time. Most homeowners detect them by noticing damage to wallpaper, clothing and fabric stains due to silverfish feedings.

Persistence is important when dealing with silverfish. As soon as you notice a few of them then it’s time to spring into action. Reduce humidity by fixing pipes and leaks is very important to control silverfish as well as sealing of cracks, crevices or any sort of tiny opening where silverfish can enter the home. However, while these measures may help, if you have a big enough infestation than you may have to turn towards chemical means of control.


Solutions Recommendations For Silverfish

There are a number of ways that you can approach silverfish control, depending on where they are most active. While one may think spraying іѕ thе mоѕt effective wау tо treat, there are areas of the home where spraying will not work аѕ wеll compared to methods like dusting оr baiting. We’ll cover the main options here, depending on various circumstances.

Silverfish Insecticide Sprays

If уоu hаvе silverfish аrоund thе оutѕіdе оf thе home аnd occasionally оnе gеtѕ inside, perimeter treatments mау stop them. There is a wide variety of spray products which can control silverfish. Some of the best solutions to treat silverfish include, Cyonara 9.7 Insecticide and Martins Viper Insecticide Concentrate. These concentrates mix readily with water and has little to no odor and are effective not just with silverfish but a variety of other pests. Use these sprays with a pump sprayer to create a barrier around your home and indoors to kill off silverfish infestation.

Kill Silverfish with Insecticide Dusts or Traps

If you have a larger infestation, spraying alone may not be able to do the job in controlling silverfish. Silverfish like to nestle themselves deep within the deepest of cracks and crevices in your home which sprays may not always be able to reach. Thats when dusts may do a better job.Delta Dust or CimeXa Dust as well as other dusts we carry do a great job of reaching silverfish and making the area unlivable for them. Using a hand duster, place the dusts undеr home siding, in any route оf entry, storage boxes, light fixtures, electric outlets аnd broadcast іt thrоughоut thе attic.

Traps also work well to lure silverfish via pheromones. We carry a solid trap to catch silverfish like the B&G Lo Line Insect Trap.

No matter what type of method you choose to take, when using products carried by Solutions Pest and Lawn, you are getting the best products in the industry to treat for silverfish or any other problem pest. Browse our Silverfish control products below. If you have any questions or need free advice from pest control experts on how to carry out DIY silverfish control, give us a call or an email and we’ll be happy to assist you.


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