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Silverfish Prevention Tips


When silverfish get into a home, no paper product is safe. These bugs eat precious photos, important documents, and books that hold sentimental value. They don't know that these items mean something to you. To a silverfish, they're just food. They are also oblivious to the fact that you just spent hours putting up all that wallpaper in the living room or that your favorite sweater is the dark blue one. And, if you find holes all through the silk portions of your grandmother's wedding dress, that you planned on wearing on your wedding day, don't blame those silverfish. They didn't eat that dress out of spite. They are just doing what silverfish do.

Silverfish are destructive pests that eat important belongings and invade pantries and food storage areas. If you're seeing them in your home, they are also a warning sign that you might have water damaging the wood of your home. Here are a few tips that can help protect your belongings and your home from silverfish damage.

  • The best way to protect your home is to not have silverfish invade in the first place. If you haven't been invaded yet, it is a good idea to do a detailed inspection of your exterior walls and foundation. If you find gaps or cracks, fill them in. If silverfish have already come into your home, it is important to have a pest control technician eradicate these pests before you seal things up. At Thomas Pest Service, we can help you take back your home and implement exclusions that will prevent future infestations.
  • Silverfish are moisture pests. If you have moist soil around your home, it will draw silverfish in. If you have high humidity in areas of your home, it will give silverfish the moisture they need to stay in your home. Silverfish can often be deterred by measures that address moisture issues. On the outside of your home, inspect your gutter system and make sure that you have no breaks or obstructions that allow water to run down the side of your home. If you have shaded areas that keep sunlight from drying up rainwater in your soil, it is a good idea to address these issues. Inside your home, fans and dehumidifiers can go a long way toward creating a dry and uncomfortable environment for silverfish.
  • If you're worried about silverfish getting into stored foods, you can prevent this by using plastic, sealable containers to store foods that come in cardboard or paper. This won't protect your valuables, but it will prevent silverfish and other pantry pests from getting into your food.

The best tip we can give is to call Thomas Pest Services if you want to protect your New York home from a silverfish invasion. Our team has the education, certification, and state-of-the-art tools to control silverfish. Reach out to us to learn more about our residential pest control services.