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What is a Silverfish?

Silverfish have no wings, but can run very fast. As an adult they're about 1/2 - 3/4 inches long excluding their tail and have 6 legs. They have flat bodies and often their bodies are compared to a teardrop or fish tapering from head to rear and usually covered with scales. Silverfish have a silver or gun metal color with threadlike antennas. 

How Did I Get Silverfish?

It is typically hard to determine how silverfish can get into someones home. If they are brought inside the home, these pests can spread easily if they are in cardboard boxes and plastic containers. Silverfish are attracted to warmth and moist areas such as bathrooms, basements and crawl spaces. They can enter a home through wall cracks, door gaps and torn window screens. 

Close Up Silverfish

Inspection & Treatment

It is important to keep an eye if you think you may have silverfish in your home. Homeowners usually can find silverfish when they are on the floor, sink or bathtub. Feeding marks can also help determine if there is an infestation. While they may be irregular keeping an eye on holes, notches along an edge or surface etchings are some main detection of silverfish infestation. Their feces are tiny and pepper like looking.  Silverfish are nocturnal and very secretive. These pests reproduce fairly quickly.  Getting rid of silverfish can be a major challenge, calling an expert like Pest2Kill Exterminating can help eliminate your problem. 

Pest2Kill Exterminating Company, will inspect and create a thorough pest control plan to help eliminate these for you. One effective method is by spraying the home's perimeter with a residual insecticide. By spraying, this will help kill the silverfish as they move throughout the structure. Call us today to set up a custom plan just for you we have many options!


Prevention is key when avoiding silverfish in your home. There are a number of different ways to prevent them from entering. Here are some helpful tips to avoid them:​

  1. Control humidity by opening vents in crawl spaces

  2. Use baseboards with caulking in basements

  3. Keep dry goods such as cereals, grains, pastas, etc and pet foods in airtight containers

  4. Always vacuum carpets, flooring and upholstery regularly to help remove fallen food crumbs

  5. Use dehumidifiers in damp areas (including basements) to help remove moisture

  6. Properly seal any open areas where silverfish can potentially get into. This includes: seams between walls and ceilings, cracks under and behind baseboards, windows and trim.

Call Pest2Kill Exterminating today to set up a custom plan just for you and help eliminate your silverfish problem!

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