How come some homes have silverfish infestations while others do not? Is there something that attracts these insects to your house? Let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes that homeowners make which will attract silverfish.

What attracts silverfish to your property

Silverfish need moisture to survive, and if an environment is even moderately dry, it will kill them or at the very least, it will not allow their young to mature. As such, they will look for moist areas to set up, and they can probably find a lot of them on your property. For example, if you leave yard waste to sit for a while, silverfish will start to show up, especially after rain. They will also set up under rocks, wooden materials and anything else that can trap moisture underneath. Mulch is another big draw, and bushes, trees and thick vegetation that are close to the foundation will have adequate levels of moisture. Once the silverfish are on the property, it’s only a small step to get inside the home, so if you want to prevent a silverfish infestation, you should address some of these issues.

What attracts silverfish to your home

Moisture is as big a draw indoors as it is outdoors, and the rooms with the most moisture in the home are the kitchen and the bathroom, which is where the silverfish will start their infestations. Indoors however, silverfish have access to a lot more food sources. Since these insects feed on cellulose and starches, they will go after books, wallpaper, fabrics, pantry items, and even old photographs. Of course, it can be hard to keep some of these items out of the reach of pests, but you can take some that are very valuable to you and seal them up in order to prevent them from being damaged.

Getting rid of silverfish

In order to get rid of a silverfish infestation, a pest control pro will lay out insecticide-laced bait in the infested areas. The silverfish will eat the bait and they will die out shortly after. This is a very effective method, because it will remove all of the silverfish in the home. If you have a silverfish infestation, and you need to get rid of it fast, contact us today and we will set up a pest control appointment as soon as possible.