Silverfish are pesky little insects that can contaminate food and cause major damage to your belongings and home. Preventing silverfish infestations should be a priority.
What do silverfish eat?
Silverfish eat a wide range of starches and carbohydrates that may include:
- Pantry foods like sugar, flour, oats, cereal, etc.
- Paper, books, magazines, important documents
- Dandruff and dead skin
- Natural fabrics like silk, linen, and cotton that are used for clothing, upholstery, decorations etc.
- Glues like book bindings and wallpaper glue
Damage from silverfish usually appears as small, irregular shaped holes that may look “chewed” or eaten away. Silverfish often leave dark spots on things that they eat as well.
How do you prevent silverfish infestations?
Silverfish are very attracted to moisture and are most often found in bathrooms, under sinks, in laundry rooms, and other moist areas. To prevent them, make sure that any reasons for the excess moisture, like leaky pipes and faucets, are taken care of. Outside your home, you want to eliminate debris, especially leaf litter, grass clippings, mulch etc. that may trap moisture and provide harborages. You should also seal the exterior of your home to prevent entry.
Harris Silverfish Products
If you notice silverfish around your house, Harris has the solution. Diatomaceous earth and boric acid powder can be used to treat infestations. For more information, check out Silverfish: The Ultimate Guide.