Silverfish in the Bathroom

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Why Do Silverfish Invade Bathrooms?

Diet
Silverfish are often found in bathrooms as a result of their diet and preferred environment. Silverfish are attracted to the molds that commonly grow in damp bathroom interiors, and eat almost anything, including:

  • Meat
  • Starch
  • Glue
  • Linen

Environment
As mold thrives in the absence of UV light and requires high moisture levels to take root, mold spores often sprout in bathrooms, especially ones that lack windows and therefore trap humidity more easily.

The insects also rely on moisture and humidity for survival, making the bathroom an ideal place for silverfish.

Where to Find Silverfish in the Bathroom

Unsuspecting individuals using showers and sinks in infested bathrooms may run into the insects frequently.

Near Moisture
Silverfish in the bathroom are often found in:

  • Sinks
  • Tub drains
  • Around damaged pipes

Faucets that leak consistently also provide the needed moisture for mold to grow.

Ventilation
Inadequate ventilation significantly increases mold growth and results in increased chances for seeing silverfish in the bathroom.

Control & Removal

Habitat Modification
While limiting humidity within the bathroom certainly helps to deter silverfish, calling a pest control professional ensures you haven’t missed vital clues pointing to the cause of their presence. Initial steps to take before the arrival of professionals include repairing leaks and ensuring the effectiveness of bathroom fans. Using dehumidifiers may prove useful, as well.

Contact the Professionals
Even after the elimination of potential food sources, silverfish infestations can last up to a year, making it highly necessary to contact the pest control professionals at Western Pest to ensure the complete removal of silverfish in the bathroom.

Call for service: (877) 250-3857

More information on silverfish control.