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Silverfish

Silverfish can become a major pest if left untreated. Silverfish are 1/2″ to 1″ in length, they don’t have wings, they are usually light grey to tan in color and nocturnal. You know they are a problem when you begin to find
them on your ceiling, in light fixtures, in sinks or baths, or on counter tops.    Although silverfish like to eat vegetable matter, they will readily feed on anything in the home. Anything includes meat, pantry items, fabric,
boxes, paper, wallpaper, clothing, pet food or other items in the home.  Most customers we help complain of silverfish which are active in the upstairs of their home such as bathroom and attic areas. And many times this activity is confusing. Silverfish found in bath tubs or sinks are thought to be coming up from the drain pipe. This rarely if ever happens if the sink
is used even just a few times a year.

Here is what does happen. Silverfish seek moisture, mold and other food commonly found where it is wet. They will readily forage into tubs and sinks attracted to the moisture. Being nocturnal, they forage at night never seen.
Once in the tub or sink, they cannot escape. The next day they are found either dead or walking around by the drain and they are mistakenly thought to have come up from the pipes! If you are finding silverfish
in such areas, they are most likely coming from an adjacent wall void or ceiling space – maybe even your attic if it’s above this area. And though these pests will thrive around the home under rocks and mulch, they will readily seek shelter under siding of your house. Once they establish themselves on the outside of the home, they will move from there into
your attic and living areas.
In the attic, silverfish will find an unlimited supply of food. Since many homes have recycled blown in paper insulation and boxes used for storage, food abounds! Once silverfish infest these areas, it is only a matter of time before they find their way into your living areas. Although you may think that spraying is the most effective way to treat, it usually won’t work as well
as dusting or baiting.

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