Silverfish are common insects in North Carolina and invade homes across the state. Known also as bristletails, these pests thrive in the humid South and high-moisture areas such as bathrooms and basements when they come indoors. Innovative Pest Management, Inc. offers tips and insight on silverfish and why they're attracted to your home.
Reasons Silverfish Invade Your Space
They're looking for food.
Your home contains all the food that silverfish could ever want. These pests feed on carbohydrates and proteins from wallpaper, cereals, and pet food, to name a few. They also consume dried beef and dead insects. If they have enough food and water, silverfish can live for up to eight years.
Pro Tip: Reduce their food sources, such as cereals and pasta, by keeping them in airtight containers.
There's plenty of moisture.
Silverfish love damp areas such as basements and sinks. You can find them in crawlspaces and ventilation systems, as well as around downspouts outdoors near the foundation. They prefer cooler temperatures and will invade your home when the Carolina sun beats down in the summer.
Pro Tip: Use a dehumidifier to reduce your home's humidity, and repair leaky faucets to prevent excess moisture in and around your home.
They need a safe place to breed.
Silverfish have many predators like spiders and earwigs. Your home provides a safe haven, where they can live, eat, and breed without the threat of predatory insects and arachnids. Cracks around windows, pipes, and door trim make great hiding spots for household pests. They also stay hidden in pantries, cabinets, and closets.
Pro Tip: Use caulking or expandable foam to seal the cracks and crevices where silverfish can enter your home.
Silverfish Pest Control in North Carolina
Once silverfish come indoors, they stay out of sight in cracks and crevices around baseboards, bathroom sinks, and other out-of-the-way areas. It's possible for an infestation to linger behind the walls without your knowledge. Contact Innovative Pest Management to request a quote and to have our experienced technicians treat your home for these pests and prevent further infestations in the future.