Silverfish in Your Home

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Silverfish in Your Home

Silverfish in Your Home 2014

Do you have “silverfish in your home?”  If you place old books and magazines in, say, the attic, or even on a bookshelf, the pages can sometimes become disintegrated or have a ‘chewed-up’ appearance. That’s because of silverfish, insects that live for eating your paper belongings.

Silverfish live in moist, humid climates worldwide. They are typically found in heavily-populated, cosmopolitan regions. These insects get their name from having a silver-color and movements that resemble a fish. They virtually are harmless to human health, but will wreak havoc on your belongings (anything containing starch) – books, magazines, pillows, bedding, clothing, carpet, your food, and even your hair!

You can find silverfish anywhere in your home or office, but they particularly love dark, damp places such as attics, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and more. If you have a wood shingle roof, silverfish are drawn to it because they can crawl under the shingles and when it rains it dampens them making your roof an ideal environment for them. They love to eat paste too, which means even your home’s wallpaper is at risk.

If you do have silverfish, call KC Pest Away professionals to help you mitigate the problem. This will also ensure you’re given the correct diagnosis to the problem and the proper solution is used to treat Silverfish. You don’t want to attempt to treat your home for silverfish, only to realize you’re dealing with termites.

Be sure to vacuum often. Don’t keep old newspapers and magazines in piles (we’re in a digital age, folks. It’s okay to part ways with old newspaper articles. If you have to, scan them).

Don’t leave food out. Put it away in the fridge. Silverfish love sugars. They feed off of starches. Consider putting a dehumidifier in your home or use fans to keep things cool and keep the air circulating throughout your home.

Most importantly, KC Pest Away has an Integrated Pest Management system that ensures you are protecting your home from silverfish and other insects. It’s much better to be on the preventative side of the problem than to have to witness these creepy, crawly insects, or clean-up a massive mess of bug residue.

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