Silverfish Control in South Florida
Our warm, tropical climate allows for a number of creepy crawlies to thrive — often times in our homes. One of the most common pests that infest homes in the area are silverfish.
If you have seen silverfish in your home, you have likely turned to the internet for a solution. Sure, there may be online resources that claim to have a home remedy that will get rid of silverfish. But at Native Pest Management, we recommend you call us today to schedule a free pest control inspection.
What Are Silverfish?
Silverfish are small, nocturnal insects that thrive in South Florida homes and businesses. Silverfish are considered to be one of the most archaic insects and trust us when we say that you can tell by looking at them.
Appearance – Silverfish, aptly named for their silver color and “fish-like” appearance, are small, teardrop-shaped, insects that typically grow to be 12-19mm long. Silverfish can be best identified from other long and skinny insects by their three long bristles that protrude from their rear.
If you see silverfish inside or near your south Florida home or business, it might be time to get in touch with your local silverfish exterminators at Native Pest Management to discuss Silverfish control.
Behavior & Diet – Silverfish can thrive in almost any climate, making every home or business at-risk of silverfish infestation. Being nocturnal, silverfish prefer dark and damp environments like attics, bathrooms, crawl spaces, and cabinets. But what brings them into your home or business in the first place?
Like most pests, it might not be a surprise to hear that they are looking for food. Silverfish eat carbohydrates like sugars and starches, meaning that they primarily seek food sources like cellulose, glue in books, linens, shampoos, and pretty much anything else that you have in your home.
Before you end up with a silverfish infestation, get in touch with us at Native Pest Management to discuss preventative silverfish control.
What Are The Risks?
Apart from the mild risk of your property becoming damaged as a result of silverfish eating habits, silverfish pose no risk to humans. Silverfish, while having the ability to sting or bite, have not been known to do so.
While there is no known risk to you or your family from silverfish, it is still recommended to prevent them to avoid property damage.
Rather than allowing the infestation to fester, it is important to get in touch with your South Florida silverfish control experts at Native Pest Management as soon as you identify an infestation. But how can you identify an infestation?
Signs Of A Silverfish Infestation
The best indicator of a silverfish infestation is to actually see one (or more). Typically, most silverfish are seen in bathrooms or your kitchen, as they prefer dark and humid areas of your home to live in and feed in.
Another indicator of a silverfish infestation in your home is the presence of their feces. Silverfish feces most often appears to look like small amounts of spilled pepper, making it harder to identify an infestation in this way.
Silverfish Control Methods
Below, we have listed a few of our favorite DIY silverfish control methods (other than you contacting us, that is).
Boric Acid – You may have heard of using boric acid to control cockroaches, but did you know that it can also be used on silverfish and other pests? Boric acid, while low on the toxicity scale to humans, is lethal to small vertebrate pests like silverfish. To help control silverfish, sprinkle boric acid in wall voids and plumbing penetrations.
Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous earth is the tiny silicate shells of sea diatoms — and they are extremely lethal to insects. By sprinkling this natural product in small cracks and crevices, you can safely manage silverfish infestations.
Jar Traps – If you are feeling really crafty, you can build a jar trap. All you have to do is cover the jar with masking tape or some other substance that will allow them to crawl up the side, place some food inside it, and allow them to fall in. Some people also prefer to put olive oil in the bottom of the jar so that the pest is unable to get out after falling in.
Native Pest Management – While some of the above remedies might work to control minor silverfish infestations, we have found that where there is one silverfish that there is many. That being said, why take the risk?
Contact us at Native Pest Management today and allow our team of experienced silverfish control technicians come to your home and rid it of silverfish for good.
Treating A Silverfish Infestation
At Native Pest Management, we don’t just believe in silverfish extermination, but we also believe in silverfish prevention. Reducing humidity within your home is very helpful in silverfish control.
If you believe yourself to have a silverfish infestation, let our team of pest control experts recommend a control plan tailored for your home or business.
At Native Pest Management we serve the all of Palm Beach and Broward counties, including West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, and Boca Raton.
If you are in need of silverfish control or silverfish extermination, contact us at Native Pest Management today to schedule a free pest control inspection!