In a word, silverfish are gross. These primitive insects may be wingless, but they are very fast-moving. Most silverfish resemble slightly oversized translucent caterpillars, with long antennae and tails. The combination of a silvery look and fish-like movement gives these creatures their names. Silverfish live up to two years, which is a very long time for a very small insect. They usually hide from people, which means the damage they cause is usually hidden as well.
The courteous professionals at Thrive Pest Control know how to get rid of silverfish in Tulsa OK without disrupting your family’s life. We adhere to old-fashioned values, like showing up on time, communicating with you without being annoying, doing our work quietly, and leaving no trace behind. We use this same approach for both residential and commercial pest control.
How Do I Know if I Have Silverfish?
Since these bugs are tiny and mostly invisible, it’s difficult to tell if they are present in your home or business. On surfaces near moisture, look for tiny etchings, notches, holes, and other feeding marks. You may also see yellow stains and tiny pepper-like pellets on these surfaces.
In addition to laundry rooms, bathrooms, basements, and other such places, keep an eye on light fixtures and ceiling soffits. Silverfish often enter a house through the attic then make their way into living spaces.
Silverfish do not bite, spread disease, or sting. And, although they are gross, they are mostly invisible, so they are not as unsettling as spiders or bed bugs. Nevertheless, silverfish are harmful. These bugs feed mostly on paper and other cellulose items. They also feed on clothing, glue, flour, and rolled oats. So, in addition to moist rooms, silverfish often infest closets, utility rooms, and kitchens.
Food is not a big priority for silverfish. They can live for weeks without eating or drinking, as long as the humidity is around 70 or 80 percent. Silverfish are nocturnal. They are especially active in summer, since there is plenty of air conditioner condensation and other moisture. Additionally, many houses have lots of starch, cellulose, and dead insects during the summer. These are all potential food sources for ravenous silverfish.
Because of their fondness for cellulose, if you have silverfish in your business, they are often near books. Frequently, silverfish hitch rides on carboard moving boxes and invade your office space. These critters often travel great distances to find food, and once they locate it, they stay put.
Mature female silverfish lay up to three eggs a day. Gestation time is about three months in a high humidity environment and about three years in lower humidity environments.
Identification, control, and prevention are usually the three keys to controlling silverfish in Tulsa residential and commercial settings.
If you see telltale signs of a silverfish infestation, Thrive professionals can follow those trails and find where these creatures are hiding. Since these insects are rather primitive, the chemicals we use to control them are not particularly strong, so they must be carefully applied. As for prevention, we recommend monthly or quarterly follow up treatments. Since silverfish feed on standard household objects, they will most likely return.
Don’t live with a silverfish infestation. Give us a call today, and we can help you get rid of those unwanted pests!