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What Are Silverfish?

Silverfish are small, slender insects that occasionally invade New York homes. As their name indicates, they are usually silver in color and move across the ground in a fish-like manner. They grow to a length of 1/2 inch to 1 inch. They feed primarily on sugars and starches.

silverfish in home

Things You Should Know:

  • Silverfish enjoy areas of high moisture.
  • They feed on items that contain starch and sugar such as books, glue, sugar and photos.
  • Silverfish are nocturnal insects.
  • Silverfish are not dangerous to humans.

Why Are They In My House?

The most important thing for the survival of a silverfish is humidity. They are usually found in areas of high moisture such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. They may also be foraging for food, which is anything that contains starch or polysaccharides. Also, silverfish do not hibernate, so during the cold New York winters, they will be looking for somewhere warm to stay.

Are Silverfish Dangerous?

No. Silverfish do not bite or sting and are considered a nuisance pest. The only damage they do is to the items they feed on, such as books, photos, paper, glue (a favorite is wallpaper paste) and sugar.

What Does It Take To Get Rid Of Silverfish?

Silverfish are very difficult to find and eradicate due to their small size and nocturnal nature. If you believe you have a problem with silverfish, your best option is to call a professional New York exterminator. Parkway Pest Services provides effective silverfish control for residents and businesses in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and throughout NYC.

How Can I Prevent A Future Infestation?

Silverfish are very difficult to prevent. You cannot eliminate their food sources because they eat everyday items that you have around the house. Eliminating entry points and lowering humidity levels can help, but it is not usually effective. Many New York City residents choose one of the protection plans offered by Parkway Pest Services. Our protection plans provide constant relief from silverfish and many other common New York pests. Contact us today for more information.

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