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Preventing Silverfish

Maybe you’ve heard people refer to the common household pest silverfish, but many people only recognize the pesky bugs that look kind of like tiny scorpions.  Silverfish have a long body that thins toward the end and two long antennae.  These critters are wingless and are a grayish silver color. Silverfish prefer moist areas, which is why they are often found in bathrooms and basements.  Though they are generally harmless, if not controlled, certain areas of your house could become infested with these pests.  Silverfish can live for long periods of time without food, which helps them survive in your home.  They also will feed off of many materials inside your house such as book binding, furniture glue and starch and grain products.

One of the most important factors in preventing silverfish in your home is eliminating sources of water. Standing water left in tubs or leaks in a basement will quickly attract them.  Most people don’t normally consider a leaky faucet a potential pest problem, but if it allows water to collect and stand, it can lead to silverfish in your bathroom.  It’s also important to keep the level of humidity down in your house as much as possible.  Opening a window when you shower to let out steam or allowing fans to run during the day are simple solutions.  If you have a higher level of humidity in your home, a dehumidifier may be necessary.   Since these pests feed off of binding glue, it’s a good idea to toss out old magazines and books or at least store them away from your living areas.  As with any pest problem, proper food storage, limited clutter and general cleanliness are also major factors in preventing silverfish.

If the problem persists, you may need to consider using insect sprays or consulting a pest control expert to help you eradicate these pests from your home.

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