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For starters, it isn’t a type of fish (we just wanted to clear the water on that one). In fact, silverfish are thought to be one of the oldest insects in the world, with many believing that they were around 100 million years before dinosaurs roamed the earth. These ancient insects are typically shiny silver or gray in color and can be anywhere from about one-half inch to an inch long. Silverfish shed their skins throughout their adult lives (unlike most other insects), are wingless, and are most active during the night.
Although silverfish are not known to bite and there isn’t any evidence to suggest that silverfish are poisonous, they can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Due to the fact that silverfish shed their skin throughout their adult life in a process called “molting,” they leave behind scales and skin shells that can cause allergic reactions in some people. Silverfish are also known for damaging belongings. These insects prefer a sugar and carbohydrate filled diet, so they will chow down on anything from books to wallpaper, insulation, clothing, and cereals. They also enjoy cardboard, newspaper, tissue, and even human hair that has fallen on the ground.
Finding silverfish in the home is very common, but unfortunately, getting rid of them can be a difficult task. Due to their flat bodies and high speeds, they are very good at hiding and getting away when they need to. Plus, the fact that they are nocturnal creatures does not help make it any easier to get rid of them. A few things you can do to help make your home less attractive to silverfish include:
When you work with High Country Pest Control, we can help get rid of your pest problems for good. Whether it's silverfish or another type of pest, our pest control professionals have the training and experience to take your home back from pests and not have to worry about whether or not you will come across a creepy crawler next time you go to pick up your favorite book or linen shirt from your closet. Give our pest control team a call today for a free estimate.