How Do Silverfish Get Inside?
Fast-moving scavengers, silverfish find their way into homes in search of new food sources with some regularity. Silverfish are carrot-shaped and wingless, with flat, silver bodies as their name suggests.
The pest insects move quickly and can be found hidden under:
- Leaf litter outdoors
They can also make their way into homes accidentally.
Common entry points include:
- Cracks in foundations.
- Gaps in both windows and doors.
Other times, the insects enter homes as stowaways in boxes affected by moisture or even delivered during construction on green lumber.
Where Are Silverfish Found in the Home?
Common Silverfish Locations
Silverfish in the house are commonly found:
- Behind furniture
- In books
- Near sinks and bathtubs
- In basements
The nuisance pests regularly try to avoid light and will dart for areas of darkness when discovered.
Overly damp areas are perfect places to find silverfish such as:
- Around plumbing pipes
Once inside, silverfish feed on:
- Book bindings
- Wallpaper paste
- Linen drapes
- Foods rich in starch
They can also be found taking bites out of various fabrics, including cottons, rayon, and silk, which leaves draperies, upholsteries, and linens susceptible to damage.
Control & Removal
The experts at Western Pest have the proper knowledge, training, and equipment to help eliminate silverfish in the house.
Learn more about Western’s comprehensive Home Pest Control Plans.
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