Silverfish (Lepisma saccharina) are seen as mostly harmless to humans. Unlike other pests such as cockroaches or bedbugs, they don’t bring diseases and they don’t usually bite. But if you love books, crafts, and paper, or are fond of storing keepsakes such as old photos and handwritten letters, then the damage silverfish can bring can cause you a huge heartache. If you suspect or have silverfish problems in your home, then you may want to act fast and get rid of them before they inflict even more serious damage.
How Silverfish Get inside Your Home
The typical entry points for silverfish are through gaps around the roof, doors and windows, cracks in the foundation and walls, and holes in the property. They dwell in dark, humid, and moist areas. That’s why if you’re planning on setting up traps, the best places for you to place them include: cardboard and storage boxes, cabinets that don’t get used often, under the sink and toilet, behind the furnace, stove and refrigerator, bathrooms, basements, and areas that don’t usually receive sunlight.
Do Silverfish Bite?
Silverfish will scurry off quickly to their hiding places once they detect your presence. Experts say they never bite humans, but there have been reports of people being bitten, and with sore marks on their skin to show for it. These bite cases are often attributed to two reasons: one, the silverfish may just be getting a bit of dead skin off the person’s body, or two, the bite may have been caused by a type of centipede that looks so much like silverfish.
Controlling humidity by adjusting your HVAC system and sealing the cracks in your property can prevent further infestation. For fast and long-term results, it’s best to get help from professional pest exterminators. Silverfish multiply quickly, laying as much as 100 eggs per day, so the situation can easily get out of control without expert help. Call your local pest exterminator teams to know the treatment options for your silverfish problem.
The pest control experts at EcoTech are well experienced when dealing with silverfish, and eliminate them by using a less-toxic, organic product line. Our treatments target the pests and leave the rest! Dependent on your Minnesota service area, call any of these convenient phone numbers to schedule an appointment: (612) 386-1289 • (952) 881-6662 • (763) 785-1414 • (651) 260-7378.