If you want to set down roots in a friendly city within the Sunshine State, check out Bradenton. Known for its heat, humidity, and beautiful location just outside the Gulf Shores, it offers people a safe community with unlimited amenities. One pest common in Bradenton homes that thrives in moist, humid environments is the silverfish. Without pest control in Bradenton, this typical household visitor might end up creeping out those living inside local homes.
What Is A Silverfish?
Silverfish are insects that look like aliens from another planet. They have silver (sometimes brownish) scales that appear metallic and a body that moves like a fish. Because their bodies start broad at the head and narrow down to their backside, some say these insects resemble a carrot or a teardrop. They grow between 1/2 and 3/4 inches long (not counting the three threadlike projections that make up their tail), and six legs support their bodies. Silverfish also have compound eyes and antennas that look like threads. These creepy-looking insects like to come out to play at night and are fast runners. On top of their creep factor, silverfish infestations also cause problems within Bradenton homes.
The Problems Silverfish Can Create In Your Home
While silverfish are more of a nuisance pest inside homes and don’t transmit any known diseases to people, they can damage items within homes. When silverfish crawl over surfaces and foods, they can cause contamination. (They like foods like dried meat, oats, and flour.) They use their chewing mouthparts to eat paper and glue, damaging items like wallpaper and book bindings. Silverfish bite marks look like etchings, notches, or irregular holes on things they chew. Silverfish can also leave a yellow stain, discarded scales, and even fecal droppings (looks like pepper grains) within items they’ve infested. To avoid silverfish damage, homeowners can call Westfall’s Lawn and Pest for effective pest control solutions to get rid of silverfish from Bradenton homes.
Five Naturally Effective Silverfish Prevention Tips
Silverfish enter homes in various ways. Some silverfish get brought in by people who bring in already-infested items. A silverfish also accesses homes by climbing outside walls and using utility pipes, vents, and gaps/cracks around doors and windows to get inside homes. With some easy prevention measures, homeowners can do much to stop silverfish from getting into their homes.
Five practical and natural prevention tips include:
- Use caulking to seal holes and gaps around pipes, vents, and window/door frames. Installing a door sweep under doors is also helpful.
- Remove stored items near your home’s exterior or lean against your home and repair any wet or moist wood inside your home.
- Repair leaky pipes.
- Fix drains and ensure water run-off is well away from foundations.
- Use a de-humidifier inside moisture-prone rooms.
Installing simple prevention measures to deter silverfish is always a great idea, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t always keep them out. When and if silverfish begin to cause problems inside your home, homeowners can rest easy knowing that Westfall’s Lawn and Pest are nearby and ready to help.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Silverfish In Your Home
Using pest professionals like Westfall’s Lawn and Pest is the best way to get rid of silverfish. Established in 2001, our local and family-owned and operated company is a state-certified pest control business with over 20 years of pest industry experience. All our technicians are green industry pest management practice certified to offer environmentally friendly services, and our personalized pest control solutions will fit your individual needs. Don’t allow silverfish to overrun your home, contact Westfall’s Lawn and Pest today for a complimentary evaluation and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Bradenton.
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