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How To Get Rid Of Silverfish In Your Colorado Springs Home

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Many people have heard of silverfish but are not exactly sure what they are. Although they sound like something you would find in the ocean or lake, they are actually destructive insects that can take over your home and destroy your belongings. 

At High Country Pest Control, we have been dealing with these bothersome insects for decades. Our experienced Colorado Springs pest control technicians have spent decades trying to understand the challenges that come with silverfish control and coming up with new and innovative ways to overcome these challenges. We know the best way to quickly and permanently eradicate silverfish from your home and property. 

What Do Silverfish Look Like?

Out of all of the pests that can invade your Colorado Springs home, silverfish may have the most unique appearance. These small bugs only measure about one-half inch long. They have slender bodies that resemble the shape of a teardrop because they are wide at one end and narrow at the other. Their name comes from the fact that they are covered in silvery-metallic scales that resemble what you would find on a fish. They also wriggle their way across surfaces and resemble swimming fish. 

A silverfish will have two long antennae. On the opposite side of its body, there are three long tail-like limbs that are covered in bristle-like spikes. These unique "tails'' are what give it the nickname "bristletails." The three long tails can look somewhat intimidating. However, they are not used to sting or harm people in any way. Instead, the silverfish will use these appendages to get a better understanding of their surroundings. 

Silverfish Can Damage Your Belongings

Silverfish in Colorado Springs not only have a unique appearance, but they also have a unique appetite. These tiny and invasive insects love to be starchy and protein-enriched. Some of the things that they like to eat, such as pet food, cereal, and pasta, are the types of foods that you would expect most insects to eat. However, they also have a taste for some bizarre snacks. 

Silverfish love to eat glue and other adhesives. They will feed on tape, book bindings, and anything containing a sticky adhesive. They also eat clothes and other fabrics. If you see tiny holes in your sheets, clothing, books, or other paper products, you should have your home inspected for silverfish.

Five Natural And Effective Silverfish Prevention Tips

Some of the things that you can do to keep silverfish out of your home include:

  1. Keep all of your dry food, including flour, grains, and spices, in an airtight container that has a sealable lid.
  2. Keep any unused clothing or blankets stored in a covered container or vacuum-sealed bag.
  3. Make sure that there are no crumbs or food left out around your home.
  4. Make sure to seal up any sized cracks or gaps around your home.
  5. Be mindful when storing items containing adhesives.

Silverfish are also attracted to warm and moist areas. If you want to ensure that silverfish stay out of your home, consider getting a dehumidifier for your basement, bathroom, and other areas that may be humid and damp.

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish And Keep Them Out

Silverfish are small and fast insects that are great at staying hidden. If you want to quickly and easily get rid of silverfish in your Colorado Springs home, give our experienced home pest control specialists a call today. At High Country Pest Control, we know how to get rid of these pesky insects and ensure that they don't come back in the future.