Nowadays, Entomophobia is common. Nearly everyone is afraid of spiders and wasps especially, but no one is talking about or seems to be worried about silverfish as they always appear under the radar, keeping themselves secret from humans.
They have everything a creepy bug has: They have long tails, antennae and have carrotshaped bodies. You can also recognize them with their silvery or gray color and they move quickly, and like to come out only during night time. Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits because they can ruin papers, clothing and wallpaper. Most of their food sources are carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches, cellulose, shampoos, glue in books, linen, silk and dead insects may be food sources. Also,they have been found in unopened food packages.
Once these bugs enter your home, it can take you a long while to find them as they hide from the light. The homes of these insects are high-humidity, dark and moist places like closets and cupboards in bathrooms, basements, attics and kitchens, which are common in Toronto. They mostly hide in cracks and baseboards to search for food and easily run away and hide in those cracks as soon as the lights flicker on.
Fortunately, silverfish do not bite or spread any disease among humans. However, in large numbers, they can cause a lot of material damage because they mostly love to nibble on starchy materials like paper and upholstery and also, make holes in clothing and other textiles.
Even though they do not transmit any disease, in some people, the bugs may trigger allergies and attract other pests like carpet beetles.
Do you have to get highly-toxic spray products to get rid of them? Absolutely not! In fact, the less toxic, the better! However, oftentimes, you won’t have to purchase any sprays. To prevent a silverfish invasion, you will have to fix damp spots like leaky pipes and damp basements; eliminate their food sources by using airtight containers and vacuum the cracks and crevices since silverfish hide and lay their eggs in those places.
If silverfish or any other harmful pest has infiltrated your home, call provincial pestcontrol to solve the problem! If you have any signs of infestation or have any other issues, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by calling us at 647 997 5080 or Order Your Free Pest Inspection with beta.ProvincialPestControl.ca