Are Silverfish Harmful?

Silverfish Damage

Though silverfish pose no direct threat to people’s well-being, they are harmful in other ways.

Destructive
For instance, the pests can destroy a number of household products. They use their mandibles to feed on the glue that binds books and magazines and keeps wallpaper stuck to the surface of walls.

Diet
Silverfish also eat foods high in starch, protein, and sugar, including:

  • Cereals
  • Flours
  • Stored pantry products

Control & Removal

Habitats
As they need to live in warm, dark, and moist places, silverfish are regularly found in and around:

  • Bathroom drains
  • Window and door frames
  • Basements
  • Under kitchen appliances
  • Bookcases

Large infestations are usually brought into homes as stowaways in damp cardboard boxes and can be challenging to detect, as the nocturnal insects are active at night.

Call the Professionals
Still, the pests regularly leave behind telltale signs of their presence. Given the damage silverfish cause, homeowners should contact a pest control professional at the first sign of activity.

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