Silverfish are tiny insects that can make their way into your home. They may not be as troublesome as other types of pests, but an infestation can still cause a lot of problems to your home and belongings if it isn’t addressed. They tend to stay hidden and not make their presence known until the damage has already been done, so it’s important to contact a pest control specialist if you suspect that you have an infestation.  

What Do They Look Like? 

Silverfish get their name from their silvery color and fish-shaped body. They are sometimes called “bristletails” because of the three bristle-like appendages that extend from the backs of their bodies. They are small and move quickly, which is why they can go undetected in homes for long periods of time. 

Close up of silverfish before ASAP Pest Removal

Are They Dangerous?  

Silverfish aren’t very dangerous to humans since they don’t bite or spread disease, but some people are mildly allergic to them. They can do a lot of damage to your belongings, especially if you have an infestation that has grown out of control. Some materials that can be damaged include books, wallpaper, clothing, and carpet. They can also ruin any unsealed pasta or oats that you might have stored in your pantry.  

How Do You Know that You Have an Infestation?  

The best way to know that you have an infestation is if you see one of the tiny insects on the floor of your kitchen or bathroom. As a rule, if you see one, there are more close by. You might also see the damage they cause along with their tiny, pepper-like droppings.  

How Do You Get Rid of Them?  

The best way to get rid of an infestation is to contact a pest control service to remove the adults and their nymphs, usually with an insecticide. Store-bought traps are good for getting rid of individual insects and reducing their population, and both cedar shavings and cinnamon are known to repel or kill the pests, but neither of these options will remove the infestation itself.  

The best way to rid yourself of these pests for good is to ensure they don’t make themselves at home in the first place. They tend to like dark and moist environments, so clean up any moisture in your home as you find it. You can also invest in a dehumidifier to help make your home less hospitable for these tiny insects.  

Call ASAP Pest Control for Professional Silverfish Removal 

If you’re still bugged, call in the professionals at ASAP Pest Control for professional residential pest control in London, Ontario, and surrounding areas.