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Why Are Silverfish Considered a Threat?

There are many different kinds of pests in the world that will invade our homes and our lives. Each comes with its own set of problems for homeowners, and some tend to be creepier than others. The silverfish seems to be a home invader that our clients in South Portland rank high on the “ick” factor scale. No doubt about it, having an infestation of silverfish can be a startling discovery to make, mostly because we have no idea that they are even there until we stumble upon them accidentally.

The silverfish gets its name from the slithery way they quickly move and from the light silvery coloring that gives them a small, fishlike appearance. These quiet pests enjoy damp and dark areas such as the basement, dark crawl spaces, or even under the kitchen or bathroom sink on occasion. The silverfish will typically only invade a home when the weather outside is too dry making their natural habitat beneath rocks and debris inhospitable.

The good news is that silverfish are not a danger to humans despite their ominous appearance. They do not bite, sting, or spread any type of disease. The bad news is that they can cause a lot of damage to items in the home. Silverfish have quite an appetite and love eating cotton and linen materials, as well as silk. They also like to binge on glues found in book bindings and even wallpaper and cardboard. Stored items in attics or basements are the most at risk, but as the infestation spreads so does their feeding grounds.

Once the silverfish finds their way into a hidden area of the home, these pests breed very quickly; so if picking up a random box off the basement floor reveals one or two of these creatures, you can be assured that there could be hundreds more where you can’t see them. This fact makes it difficult for homeowners to try to take care of this problem pest on their own.

Give Big Blue Bug Solutions a call right away if you find silverfish in your home. Our highly skilled professionals will work with you to inspect and eradicate this threat to your property as quickly and efficiently as possible. Big Blue Bug Solutions has worked with hundreds of home and business owners in South Portland to make sure that the threat of silverfish, as well as other pests, is a thing of the past. Call us to find out just how we can help you too.