Denver's Ultimate Silverfish Prevention Guide
September 01, 2021 - Silverfish
Anyone who’s had a silverfish problem knows that, even though they aren’t dangerous, they are not a welcome sight. Not only are they ugly creatures, but they can also cause damage to your property and be nightmares to try and eliminate. That’s why it’s better to prevent populations from forming in the first place. Here’s how you can help your cause.
What Do You Need To Know About Silverfish?
In the great, big index of pests that invade human properties, silverfish are some of the easiest to identify. They don't look much like the other common insects that you’ll see around and their name is a dead giveaway for one of their most notable features.
In the interest of making sure you know what to look for, here are some common silverfish features:
- Shape: From the top, silverfish look like teardrop-shaped bugs with many legs and hard shells. From the side, they are a lot flatter in appearance.
- Size: Silverfish tend to only be a couple of centimeters in size, smaller than a dime.
- Color: They get their name from the metallic sheen of their top shells, though some silverfish are tan or even clear.
What Attracts Silverfish To Your Denver Property?
Just because they look different than other pests doesn’t mean they behave all that differently. Silverfish are scavengers that look for sustenance and shelter around human properties. That means they are attracted by all of the following:
- Food: Silverfish eat starches and protein-rich items, including accessible food and waste that they can find around homes and businesses. They’ll even chew through animal fibers like wool and leather, causing property damage.
- Moisture: All kinds of pests prefer dark, moist areas - silverfish are no exception. They are often attracted to areas of a property where moisture pools or hangs in the air.
- Debris: Silverfish will also be attracted to debris piles or excess clutter that provides them with nesting grounds.
Preventing Silverfish From Invading Your Denver Home
There are some obvious ways to address those things that attract pests, like deep cleaning regularly and making sure to store food in secure locations. But there are also some preventative steps that property owners don’t tend to think about. Here are some of them:
- Moisture control: Since silverfish are attracted by moisture, you need to limit the buildup around your property. Things like proper ventilation and drainage are important, as is general plumbing maintenance.
- Crack sealing: You should frequently check your exterior walls for cracks or holes - or any other signs of access points that tiny pests might crawl through.
- Inspections: The only way to make sure you don’t already have a pest problem is to have an expert inspection. Don’t rely solely on your own eyes and knowledge to determine whether pests are around. Chances are, there could be invisible problems brewing.
How The Experts At Advantage Pest Management Can Help
When it comes to invading pests, it’s better to turn to experts than to try and deal with all of these things on your own. Only pest professionals know everywhere to look for silverfish and the things that attract them to your property. At Advantage Pest Management, we’ve got experience preventing and eliminating pest infestations from businesses and homes. It starts with an inspection of your property, which we can schedule right away.
Once we understand your level of pest risks, we tailor solutions or prevention methods to fit your needs. This kind of partnership with local pest experts is the only thing that can truly make sure that pest populations aren’t growing without you knowing. Don’t wait for an infestation to become obvious before you start protecting your property from one - contact Advantage Pest Management today for our residential pest control or commercial pest management services.