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How To Identify And Get Rid Of Silverfish In Your Marietta Home

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You would know it if there were silverfish inside your home, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Silverfish are among the most challenging pests to identify. Thankfully, identifying these pests is not impossible. Today we will be talking about some signs of silverfish and offering you, a homeowner, an option to get these pests out. If you already know how to identify silverfish and you are dealing with an active infestation, call our team at ProCare Pest Services. We have amazing Marietta pest control options and would be happy to service your home for invasive silverfish.

How To Identify A Silverfish

Let’s be honest, whoever named silverfish did not give it too much effort. They looked at these small pests and thought to themselves: "That looks like a silver fish," and then named them. In all honesty, we aren’t terribly mad. This pest’s name goes a long way to help homeowners, like you, identify them. Some other things you can use to identify a silverfish are its three bristle-like tails and the two long antennae that protrude from its head. Another way to identify these pests indoors is by the problems they cause.

The Problems Silverfish Can Create In Your Home

Silverfish are not just creepy, they also create problems inside the homes they invade. Specifically, these pests love to munch on fabrics. If given the opportunity, they will chew holes through, create surface etching, and cause other damage to materials like linen, cotton, rayon, silk, and viscose. If you have clothing, carpets, furniture, and other items around your home that you don’t want to be damaged, silverfish are the last pests you want inside your home. In addition to consuming fabrics, silverfish will also eat human foods like grains, vegetables, fibers, and sugars. It is not uncommon for these pests to crawl into pantry items, contaminating them. If you don’t like eating cereal with bugs inside it, silverfish need to be eradicated from your home.

How And Why Silverfish Find Their Way Into Your Home

Where do silverfish come from and why do they want to be inside your home? Well, these pests are driven by two things, moisture, and food. If conditions outside become too hot and dry, they will look for moist areas nearby to find shelter. Often this leads them through cracks, gaps, and other openings into basements and crawlspaces. From here, silverfish crawl through homes looking for more moisture and food to eat. Another way these pests invade is by hiding inside storage boxes. If your shed or garage has a silverfish problem, you could bring these pests indoors inside a box of decorations or keepsakes. We recommend thoroughly checking storage boxes for these pests before carrying them indoors.

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish And Keep Them Out

Now that you know where silverfish live and what attracts silverfish, let’s talk about how to get and keep these pests out. Start by involving the experts at ProCare Pest Services. Our team of licensed and trained technicians will inspect your home, find out how silverfish are getting inside, and address your existing problem using advanced pest control methods. We will then suggest some ongoing pest control measures to prevent a future infestation from occurring. What you choose will depend on what level of protection you are looking for.

Call us now if you want to learn more about our services. We will walk you through our control plans and answer any questions you have about pest control in Marietta.