Silverfish

Specialized Pest Patrol of Sacramento has over 2 decades of experience performing cost-effective silver fish control for the residents and businesses in Sacramento, Folsom and Roseville areas of California. Silver Fish Control Company Specialized Pest Patrol provides effective and affordable Silver Fish Control Sacramento services since 1994.

Interested in what Silver Fish look like (check out our picture on the homepage)?

The overall color is in the range of brown-grey or somewhat bluish or silver color.

Their overall shape is much like a teardrop.

They can range in length from 10 to 20 mm in total length.

They do have a distinctive tail that has three bristles on the rear of its body.

So, where do these little creatures live?

To begin with, they can thrive in almost any climate. Like many pests, they prefer to live in dark, damp spaces in and around your home. They also seem to be attracted to paper and often wet clothing. Boxes in your garage or basement are the ideal hiding and mating place.

What do silverfish eat?

Silverfish can be very destructive when it comes to feeding habits. They feed on carbohydrates and especially starches and sugars. They are commonly attracted to shampoo, silk, linen glue, and dead insects they find.

What is the best way to get rid of silverfish?

Most silverfish are transported inside a home by homeowners unknowingly, bringing them in from outside in boxes, bags, and on firewood.

The pests can also gain entry into your home through foundation cracks, gaps around doors, crawl spaces, and even leaving out dirty dishes, which can attract the nasty little pests.

How to Get Rid of Silverfish?

Homeowners often transport silverfish indoors unknowingly. When brought inside the home, cardboard boxes and plastic containers recently stored in infested areas can allow the pests to spread.

Warm and moist spaces, like basements and crawl spaces, attract silverfish. The pests will enter homes through foundation cracks, torn screens, or gaps around doors. Leaving dirty dishes out in the open will also lure silverfish indoors.

How Serious Are Silverfish Problems?

Silverfish often present a mild risk to people and property. They do not transmit disease, but the pests may trigger allergies in some people. 

May Attract Other Pests

Their presence sometimes attracts carpet beetles and causes unease due to their strange appearance.

May Cause Damage to Personal Items 

While indoors, silverfish also eat grains and chew large holes into clothing, upholstery, or paper. In large numbers, they can cause a lot of damage. Ruined items often include stored files, books, and vintage clothes.

Silverfish Prevention & Control in the Home

Nocturnal & Secretive

Silverfish are nocturnal and move very quickly. They are secretive, and the severity of an infestation may go unnoticed for long periods, allowing for exponential growth. Silverfish reproduce very quickly, which makes it more challenging to eradicate them from your home.

Prefer Moisture

Silverfish can survive in almost any environment, but they prefer areas with high humidity. Nymphs develop faster in humid areas. Therefore, one of the best ways to prevent an infestation is to control humidity.

Traps might work, but they might also fail.

The best way to rid your home of silverfish is to hire a professional control company like Specialized Pest Patrol with over 25 years of dealing with the pests.

Store-bought traps and insecticides will only kill individual pests and cannot get rid of the entire infestation.

Most do-it-yourself remedies prove ineffective over time, with brief periods of relief followed by another infestation. There are a variety of silverfish traps on the market. However, these traps target individual insects and cannot prevent entire silverfish populations.