Here in South Florida, we have plenty of bugs that might seem alien to anyone from other states. Our warm, tropical climate allows for a number of creepy crawlies to thrive — often times in our homes or businesses. Among the tropical pests that plague our properties, one of the most common is the silverfish. If you have found silverfish in your home or business, you have likely turned to the internet for a solution. Sure, there may be a number of resources that claim that they have a home remedy that will get rid of pests, but at Native Pest Management, we think that you should search “pest control West Palm Beach” or call us today to rid your home or business of silverfish.
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, basements, 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, there is little to no risk that silverfish pose. Silverfish, while having the ability to sting or bite, have not been known to do so. While there might be no physical health risk to your or your family, it is still important that they are managed for both reasons of avoiding property damage, as well as aesthetic purposes — because who is going to feel comfortable in a home with a bunch of creepy-crawlies. 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
While we hate to say it, the best indicator of a silverfish infestation is to actually see one (or more). Typically when people see silverfish it happens in the bathroom or kitchen, as they seek dark and damp places to live in and feed in. One of the less-common indicators of a silverfish infestation 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
While if an infestation is more serious, it might be time to schedule a treatment with us, but if the infestation is minor, or has not begun, one of the best ways to control silverfish is to keep your home or commercial property clean. Hygiene and cleanliness are the most important actions that can be taken to keep silverfish from even entering your property in the first place. Luckily, even if you have a small infestation you can still take action on your own. 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? Boric acid, while rather low on the toxicity scale to humans, is lethal to small vertebrate pest like silverfish. To control silverfish, sprinkle the boric acid in the places that you most often see the silverfish.
Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous earth is the tiny silicate shells of sea diatoms — and they are extremely lethal to insects too. By sprinkling the tiny silicate shells in small cracks and opening you can safely manage silverfish infestations with a substance that is not dangerous to your pets or family.
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
Like most pest infestations, it is most common for the homeowner or business owner to initially try to exterminate the silverfish themselves. Some people claim that silverfish control is as easy as using home remedies like cucumber peelings, cloves, water and flour, cinnamon, and other natural home remedies, but here at Native Pest Management, we believe that silverfish control is not easy, but should instead be addressed with a comprehensive pest management plan.
Why should a comprehensive pest control services plan be used to treat your South Florida home or business for silverfish? At Native Pest Management, we don’t just believe in silverfish extermination, but we also believe in silverfish prevention. If you believe yourself to have a silverfish infestation, let our team of pest removal specialists create, and execute, an integrative pest management plan specifically tailored for your home or business.
At Native Pest Management we serve the entire greater Palm Beach County area including West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, and Boca Raton. If you are in need of silverfish control or silverfish extermination, be sure to contact us at Native Pest Management today and ask for a free estimate!