Silverfish: A Nocturnal Nuisance

While they’re not usually as dreaded as spiders or cockroaches, silverfish are still a nuisance that many homeowners have to deal with every year. These little crawlers won’t spread germs or bite you, but they can cause damage to your home – especially if your house has a cedar roof. Here’s what you need to know about silverfish and how you can deal with them.

Silverfish Facts

silverfish1Silverfish are found all over the United States, with the largest concentrations in the south. However, we still get our fair share of the critters here in Massachusetts. The insects are usually grayish in color, with a teardrop-shaped body about a half-inch long. Silverfish have long antennas, and are highly secretive and most active at night. They prefer dark and damp areas, and their primary food source is cellulose, found in many shampoos and the glue in books. Silverfish also love mold. This is one of the reasons why homes with cedar shake roofs are so susceptible to silverfish infestations. The wooden roofs are prone to mold, making them a huge attractant to the bugs.

Eliminating Silverfish 

Fortunately, you don’t need to swap out your cedar roof for asphalt shingles to eliminate pesky silverfish. There are a few actions you can take, including sealing cracks around doors and windows and in your basement and attic. Controlling humidity can also help, as silverfish thrive in humid environments. You can also remove items that silverfish are attracted to, such as soaps, newspapers, and clothing, storing them in secure areas that won’t allow the bugs in. But because silverfish are nocturnal, many people often don’t realize they have an infestation until it’s too late. When it gets to this point, it’s time to call in the pros. A licensed exterminator can rid you of your silverfish infestation, as well as make recommendations on preventative measures to keep it from happening again.

If you’re experiencing a silverfish problem, give us a call at 508-626-2847 or visit us online today.

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