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Silverfish: What Are They and How Can You Determine if You Have Them?

Silverfish are a species of insects which are not commonly brought up during conversations about pest control, despite being extremely common. Because not very many people have even heard of these pests, it can be difficult for them to recognize the signs of a silverfish infestation, or understand how silverfish can damage their property. To help you stay on your guard, here is a brief description of silverfish and some way to know if you have them in your house.

What are Silverfish?

Silverfish are actually pretty interesting creatures. They have roamed the earth long before the dinosaurs, and some scientists estimate that they are around 400 million years old! An impressive track-record. Despite their appearance, they are fortunately not directly harmful to humans. Some people may be allergic to the skin they molt, but otherwise they don’t bite and rarely carry germs. What they do harm, however, is property. Silverfish live by constantly feeding on the nutrients found in paper and many types of fabric, so if you have silverfish in your home, everything from your books to your clothes are at risk.

Is Your House Infested With Them?

If you’re wondering whether or not you’re living with silverfish right now, here are some things to check for. Obviously, one of the signs of silverfish is finding some silverfish themselves. Silverfish are silver, about the size of a grain of an earwig, and have a hard exoskeleton and antennas. You should also be on the lookout for silverfish damage. This includes the pages of your books looking like swiss cheese, damage to your wallpaper, holes in your clothes and tears in cardboard boxes. If you see yellow stains or small black pellets on your shelves or in your closets, this could be silverfish excrement. Finally, silverfish shed their skin several times throughout their lives, so if you suspect them in your house, finding silverfish skin is about as conclusive as finding them crawling across your counter. For good measure, you can always call a pest control specialist to have your house inspected if you want to be extra careful.

Silverfish may not be as well known as some of the other more notorious pests, but they need to be gotten rid of all the same. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact Alvin Pest Control today.

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