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Blog Post | Jun 6th, 2018

Should I Be Worried About Silverfish?

Unfortunately, insects and other pests abound in our home. Though all are definitely unwanted, certain pests are more dangerous than others. You're probably familiar with the most common pests, like the unfortunately ubiquitous common cockroach, the frighteningly powerful yellow jacket, our destructive termite. Yet what about the lesser-known silverfish? Though you have probably seen these small, silvery insects crawling around your home, you may have wondered what they are and whether they are harmful to you, your family, your home, or your place of business. Where are you most likely to spot a silverfish? Their favorite areas of the house tend to be dark and damp. They are drawn to soffits and fascia, sinks and drains, crawlspaces, and cracks and crevices in other materials.

In some ways, silverfish are pretty much harmless to humans when compared to insects like yellow jackets or mosquitoes. They don't bite or sting and they don't spread disease or illness. However, while silverfish certainly won't pose the same kind of health risk that a scorpion or mosquito might, concern about their presence isn't completely unwarranted. When silverfish are found in large numbers, their presence is definitely a cause for concern.

In fact, silverfish can cause significant destruction. Many materials that we keep in our homes are those on which silverfish love to feed. Silverfish feed on organic materials containing starches and glues, such as paper, glue, wet clothes, books, fabrics, as well as anything which contains fungal molds. Some of the items on which they're most likely to feed (and destroy) are old photos, old documents, and old books. Additionally, they tend to love foodstuffs that are high in carbohydrates, so there is certainly a chance that you could find them infesting your food.

Fortunately, you can easily get rid of silverfish with effective and reliable pest control. If you're ready to do something about your silverfish problem, please get in touch with Bayou Pest Control today!