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Can Silverfish Ruin Our Homes?

Updated on July 4, 2012

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

In short, the answer to this question is yes! Silverfish can ruin your home; the reason for this is that they don’t just eat items we humans would consider edible but they also eat things that are holding the belongings in your house together! The very worst sort of silverfish infestation can mean that any wooden items you have will be full of holes and books and papers will be reduced to nothing. Silverfish have even been known to eat such items as tapestries which for some, is very distressing. Tapestries do not come cheap and if you have one that has been handed down through the generations, the sentimental value could be ruined.

Silverfish will also eat glue and any type of glue! If you have wallpaper in your home, these little critters will burrow their way in underneath the paper so they can feast on the paste behind it. This could result in you having holes all over the wall and may end up with a costly re-decoration project. Silverfish can be a difficult pest to get rid of simply because they have such diverse eating habits; there are many things in the home that will satisfy their need for food.

Now you know that silverfish can ruin your home and you have spotted them you will want to know how to get rid of silverfish. There are many ways to do this but the most obvious is to get some sort of pesticide that will kill them. If you have a major silverfish infestation and, you will know if you have because they will constantly be popping up in the bath tub or kitchen sink and in the worst cases will be running all over the windows.

If your silverfish infestation has got to this stage I suggest you call in a professional silverfish pest control company. These companies specialize in ridding your home of silverfish and will be able to do it quickly and efficiently. Ok, it might you cost you a few dollars more than you would like but silverfish breed very quickly and sorting out an infestation as serious as this will be very difficult to do on your own.

Here are some tips on how you can avoid letting silverfish take over your home:

Ensure the damp levels are as low as possible and if you have damp anywhere, get it treated!

Keep your house clean and free of any food that may have been left out, people often place their dirty dinner plate in the sink in order to clean it up later, this is a BIG mistake, silverfish will soon sniff out the smallest item of leftover food.

Regularly check paper based items for signs of silverfish bugs and treat if necessary.


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