Silverfish Removal


Silverfish Are A Nuisance And Can Cause Damage!!

Silverfish is a species of small wingless insect in the order Zygentoma. Its common name originates from the insect’s silvery light grey colour, as well as its fast movements that appear like fish movements. Silverfish are harmless to humans but a nuisance. They do not bite, sting, or carry pathogens. 

Silverfish feed on paste, starchy items such as old starched clothing, crumbs, dead insects, glue, paper products, and wallpaper paste. They can also stain fabric, paper, books, or wallpaper. If there is a big infestation, they can be quite damaging. When a silverfish infestation has been discovered, it can be a challenge to remove these pests as they reproduce often, and they can go for many months without food.  For effective results, many people will enlist the services of a silverfish removal and pest control company.


About Silverfish

Silverfish are flat insects that have 3 long slender bristles located behind a carrot-shaped body, as well as 2 long antennas on their head. Their body is grey or brown with bands of dark scales. As adults, their length is just over 1 cm long. Silverfish are covered with shiny silver scales which gives them a silvery shine. Eggs are whitish, oval. The offspring are smaller than adults but look like them. 

Detecting A Silverfish Infestation

Silverfish can be a sign that a home has developed entry points that may have been caused by water damage. Silverfish can get into homes in search of food, and when cracks and crevices develop, it allows access for silverfish and other pests that are attracted to moist environments. These pests are mostly found in damp, cool areas.

You can find silverfish in cracks and crevices, attics, wall voids, bathrooms, crawlspaces and basements. They can be carried into the home via papers, old books, cardboard cartons, pantry items, and furniture. They will travel from the basement to the lower floor and live behind baseboards, in bookcases, around closet shelves, and behind door and window frames. 

Preventing Silverfish Infestations

Once a silverfish infestation has been removed by a professional silverfish removal and pest control service, people will take measures to prevent future centipede infestations. 

  • Repair water leaks, or use dehumidifiers to resolve moisture problems. 

  • Removal of clutter in basements, crawl spaces, closets and other places where silverfish tend to reside

  • Seal holes, cracks, and crevices that are used by insects to get inside a home. 

  • Vacuum the home regularly

  • Dispose of garbage regularly

  • Keep food in airtight containers.

  • Repair damaged screen openings to chimneys and vents

  • Repair damaged screens

  • Seal any spaces where pipes enter the home

  • Keep attics and basements dry and well-ventilated

  • Repair pipes and clogged drains

  • Clean around and behind appliances and inside drawers, pantries and cupboards

  • Keep countertops clean

  • Clean beneath sinks and other dark or humid locations

  • Ventilate bathrooms and dehumidify areas containing moisture.

Professional Silverfish Removal Services Provide Peace Of Mind

Just like most insect pests, silverfish can be a nuisance. Finding them in your home can be a sign you have another underlying issue, and it can result in a large infestation. A silverfish infestation is best left to a professional silverfish pest control service.  If you are experiencing silverfish in or around your home, there is likely an infestation. When a silverfish infestation is discovered, it is important to contact a silverfish exterminator before the situation gets out of control.

Please feel free to contact us by phone or email anytime. We are available seven days per week to provide pests such as silverfish, and wildlife control services in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, and surrounding areas, or to answer any of your questions.