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Silverfish

Silverfish are odd and creepy looking insects that seek warmth, damp, and shelter making pantries, basements, bathroom, and kitchen ideal dwellings. They avoid light and are agile runners, Silverfish are definitely not something you want to worry about running around your home.

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Silverfish are odd and creepy looking insects that seek warmth, damp, and shelter making pantries, basements, bathroom, and kitchen ideal dwellings. They avoid light and are agile runners, Silverfish are definitely not something you want to worry about running around your home.

Characteristics

Shiny, silver or pearl gray, and about 1/2 inch long, although it can grow as long as 3/4 inch.
Adults of both Firebrats and Silverfish are slender, wingless, soft-bodied insects with 2
long, slender antennae (Figure 1). Their bodies taper gradually from front to rear to 3 long, thin, tail-like appendages.

Harborage

Silversh live and develop in damp, warm places. At higher temperatures, the relative humidity must be above 75%. You can find them around ovens, heating units, fireplaces, hot water pipes, attics during the summer, and the furnace during winter. In apartments and homes, this insect crawls along pipelines and through openings in walls or floors from one level to another. Sometimes you’ll see these pests in your bathtub or sink. Even though they can’t crawl up through the drain, if they fall in they can’t climb up the slippery sides to escape.

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Treatment

How we treat Silverfishes

Silverfish like to live in environments that are damp and warm with access to food, dust, and water. We recommend cleaning thoroughly before treatment to encourage silverfish to stay away. Our experts can spot treat any areas or rooms where threats or potential silverfish threats exist.

Our pest experts take a tailored approach when treating your property and work to ensure that your concerns are addressed and your home is protected, inside and out. We’re dedicated to providing you with peace of mind and making sure you enjoy your home.

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