As a homeowner, you probably have come across your fair share of common household pests, a line of ants here, a spider web over there, lady beetles in the window; but, did you know that there are a lot of other pests out there that may not be quite as common but are just as important to protect your Missouri home from?
One such less commonly talked about pest is the silverfish; you know the silvery, tear-drop shaped insects that move very quickly from place to place in a fish-like manner. You probably have heard of silverfish and haven’t taken much time to really think about them, but you should. Silverfish, while considered to be a nuisance pest can actually be quite destructive to personal belongings in your home. The pros here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions would like to provide you with some information about silverfish along with how we can work together to keep them from wreaking havoc in your home!
To understand just how damaging a silverfish can be you first have to know what they feed on. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, in particular sugars and starches, no Atkins diet for these pests! Inside of your home things that silverfish like to feed on include paper, fabrics, wallpaper, other dead insects, glue, flour, oats, and cereals. This means that books, clothing, furniture, pictures and pantry items can all become victim to silverfish. Your prized book collection, couch, and winter wardrobe could all be riddled with holes. So as you can see silverfish are a force to be reckoned with and steps should be taken to help prevent these pests from getting into your home.
Preventative measures can include:
Using dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity levels in your home.
Storing cereals, and other pantry items in plastic or glass containers instead of their original packaging.
Sealing gaps around windows and doors and in the foundation of your home.
Storing items in plastic containers with tight fitting lids instead of cardboard boxes.
Inspecting boxes and newspapers for silverfish before bringing them into your home.
Along with using the above preventative measures, implementing a year-round home pest control service is the best prevention against silverfish and their damages.
At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions our Signature Protection program can provide year-round pest control services to eliminate, control, and prevent common household pests including silverfish. Our service visits are fully warranted which means that if new pest activity, including silverfish activity, pops up between your regularly scheduled visits, we will come back and retreat at no additional cost to you!
Give us a call at Rottler today to see how we can work together to get and keep your home free of silverfish and other common household pests!