Why Silverfish Are A problem
While silverfish look fairly harmless, they can in fact damage your home. They will eat at wallpaper glue to the point of causing hundreds to thousands of dollars worth of damage. Aside from wallpaper, silverfish also love to eat foods in boxes. They'll even leave their eggs in such food boxes, providing an unpleasant surprise for the person who planned on chowing down.
These bugs are especially drawn to foods with sugars, starches and carbohydrates. Silverfish also enjoy munching on house plants so much that their feasts can cause plants to wilt and eventually die. Beyond foods and the home itself, silverfish will also feast on your clothing. They eat cotton, synthetic fabrics and silk materials. They'll even eat away at shampoo, book glue and linens.
Identification And Extermination
Silverfish are usually about 10-20 mm in length with 3 bristles on the rear. They can lay clusters of 20 eggs at a time, making an infestation a huge problem. If you see small black bits that resemble pepper in your basement, bathroom or sinks, you've likely discovered silverfish feces. This is in an indication that you have an infestation and you'll have to trap and repel the bugs. To prevent silverfish from venturing into your food sources, keep your boxes and bags of food tightly closed and sealed. They tend to squirm around the home during the night, so they are a bit difficult to catch and eradicate.
There are also insecticides and traps available for purchase in stores that will kill individual silverfish. Yet this does not address the larger problem. Do It Yourself (DIY) methods prove to be ineffective in the long run. The best decision you can make is to hire a professional who will tailor a unique approach to your home's silverfish problem. By hiring an Atlanta pest control expert, you'll have a professional on your side who can accurately assess your home's unique infestation and develop comprehensive methods for silverfish removal.