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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 3/4-inch in size and silver or brown in color. These insects have an oval, elongated body with six legs. They get their name because of their rapid movements, which can appear like those of a fish. Silverfish have no wings, but they are very fast-moving insects.

Silverfish can survive up to one year with no food; however, they do require a high humidity environment to survive. In addition to being nocturnal, they make it a point to stay hidden from the view of humans.

What Attracts Silverfish?

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

  • Book Bindings
  • Glue
  • Photos
  • Paper
  • Human Hair
  • Dandruff
  • Sugar

How Do I Remove Them?

Silverfish are elusive by nature. 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 experts 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. In addition to providing excellent, eco-friendly pest control services, in many cases, we can be at your home within a few hours or the next day.

How Do I Keep Silverfish from Coming Back?

Using a dehumidifier in areas of high humidity in your home can help eliminate the conditions that silverfish seek. 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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