Keeping Pesky Silverfish Out Of Your Kittitas County Home

Did you know: silverfish are one of the oldest insects on the planet and were roaming the Earth 100 million years before the dinosaurs? These ancient insects are masters of survival, making them formidable pests. Silverfish often take up residence in Kittitas County homes and can be a nuisance and damage property. This guide will teach you how to identify silverfish, the signs of a silverfish infestation, and how to get rid of them for good.

What Do Silverfish In Kittitas County Look Like?

Silverfish are aptly named; they’re usually silver (although they may also be pearly gray or brownish), and they look like fish. By that, we mean that they are fish-shaped and their bodies are covered in metallic scales. Their movements are also fish-like; their bodies wiggle from side to side when they run, which looks like a fish swimming.

Silverfish are typically between ½” and ¾” long and have elongated, oval-shaped, and flattened bodies. They have three long bristle-like appendages that protrude from the rear end of their bodies, which is why they are sometimes called “bristletails.” They are also equipped with long, threadlike antennas and small, widely-separated eyes. Silverfish do not have wings, but they run extremely fast and are excellent climbers.

Signs Of Silverfish In Your Kittitas County House

If your home has a silverfish infestation, you are most likely to see them in moist areas of your home, such as basements and bathrooms, as silverfish need an environment with high humidity to survive. However, they can also be found in other areas of your home, such as the living room, bedrooms, attic, or garage. Shake roofs make ideal silverfish breeding locations, especially during the spring and summer.

It is possible to have silverfish in your home, even if you never lay eyes on the insects themselves. Silverfish are nocturnal and are wary of humans, making it difficult to spot them. However, there are several other key signs of these elusive pests. These include:

  • Silverfish bite marks on paper items or clothing. These may appear as small holes or notches.
  • Discarded silverfish scales, which are typically silver or gray with a metallic luster.
  • Yellow stains on infested items such as books or fabrics.
  • Silverfish droppings, which look like black, pepper-like pellets.

We recommend that you thoroughly inspect your home for these signs of silverfish. Identifying silverfish early can help protect your belongings from silverfish damage.

Do Silverfish In Kittitas County Bite?

The good news is, unlike many other household pests, silverfish do not bite humans or spread diseases. However, they may bite your belongings, particularly paper items. Silverfish routinely infest books, wallpaper, and envelopes, and you may notice silverfish bite marks on these items. Silverfish damage can extend to other personal belongings, as they also feed on clothing, glue, and food items like oats and flour.

While silverfish are not a threat to your health or safety, they are a nuisance and an unwelcome sight in Kittitas County homes. If left alone, silverfish populations in your home will increase, as females lay one to three eggs each day. Over time, silverfish can inflict a lot of damage on your books, wallpaper, clothes, and other belongings.

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish In Your Kittitas County Home

If you have noticed silverfish in your home, you may be wondering how to get rid of them. These insects are highly elusive, so it can be difficult to find and eliminate the entire population. The best method of silverfish control is to seek help from a professional pest control company.

Prosite is your source for effective silverfish removal in Kittitas County. Our experienced professionals will thoroughly inspect your home to identify all of the silverfish hiding and nesting locations. They will then treat these areas to completely eliminate the silverfish from your home. We also offer affordable year-round pest control programs to keep your home free of silverfish and other pests all year long.

Silverfish removal is best left to the professionals at Prosite, but there are things that you can do at home to prevent silverfish. Because silverfish thrive in high-humidity environments, addressing moisture issues in your home is key to deterring these pests. Consider using dehumidifiers, particularly in the more humid rooms of your home, such as the bathrooms and basements.

Also, be sure to repair any leaking pipes and replace any moldy wood. Avoid storing books, magazines, and paper products in areas that silverfish are known to frequent, such as the basement, attic, or garage. Keep food items like sugar, flour, and oats in sealed containers to keep silverfish out and limit their food sources. Above all, keep an eye out for these pesky insects and contact Prosite at the first sign of silverfish.

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