Silverfish

tiny gray silverfish

Contaminates Food

Damages Fibers

Nuisance Pest

What are silverfish?

Silverfish in Jacksonville, Tampa, Gainesville, and elsewhere throughout Northern Florida are about ¾ inches in size and silver or brown in color. These insects have an oval, elongated body with six legs that when active its motion can appear very similar to the movements of a fish. Silverfish have no wings, but they are very fast moving insects. These insects tend to feed on paper items, sugars, and starches. Silverfish can survive up to one year with no food; however, they do require a high humidity environment to survive. These insects are nocturnal and they make it a point to stay hidden from the view of humans.

Why do I have silverfish?

Silverfish are attracted to moist areas. Places such as basements, crawl spaces, attics and bathrooms can play a key role in the longevity of a silverfish’s life span. These insects typically feed on materials with starch or polysaccharides in them. A common silverfish diet may include the following items:

  • Dandruff

  • Book Bindings

  • Glue

  • Photos

  • Paper

  • Human Hair

  • Sugar

Are silverfish dangerous?

Silverfish do not bite or sting. These insects are mainly a nuisance pest. However, their nuisance behavior can cause damage to precious books and photos. They can also harm wallpaper and they are capable of contaminating food.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

Silverfish are elusive by nature and their nocturnal traits make them nearly impossible to locate without the expertise of a professional. Additionally, do-it-yourself sprays and pesticides can expose your family to harm. At McCall, our professionals are qualified, experienced individuals who know best how silverfish operate. If you suspect a silverfish infestation in your Florida home you should call a pest professional at McCall to help you achieve and maintain a pest-free environment.

How soon can you get here?

At McCall, we understand how overwhelming and stressful a pest infestation can be and we are committed to helping you resolve your pest infestation quickly and effectively. In most cases, we can respond to the pest issue the same day or the very next!

How can I prevent this in the future?

Implementing the use of a de-humidifier in areas of high humidity in your home can help eliminate the conditions that silverfish search for. You may also try installing door sweeps and filling any holes or cracks around the exterior of your home, especially near the foundation. Despite our best efforts to protect our home and family there may be times when a pest finds its way in. This is why many have opted to take advantage of the regular pest control services McCall offers. For more information on our outstanding services, contact us today!

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