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The Dangers Of Silverfish In Your Connecticut Home

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Connecticut homeowners need to protect themselves from hundreds of species of bugs. Some of them may be familiar to you, like flies and termites. Others, like silverfish, maybe a little more mysterious. How much do you know about protecting your home from these pests?

Here at Big Blue Bug Solutions, we want to make sure you have the information you need to protect your home even from the most unfamiliar pests like silverfish. Here’s a guide to keeping yourself and your family safe from these bugs.

What’s That Bug In My Basement?

The first time you see a silverfish can be quite scary. These insects are a unique species that may be unlike anything you’ve seen before. How do you know if the strange bug you saw slithering around was a silverfish? Here are some ways to identify silverfish:

  • They are silver in color. Their bodies are shiny and can appear scale-like.
  • They have a flat, tear-drop-shaped body.
  • They have three tail-like appendages.
  • They have six legs and long antennae.
  • They are about ¾ of an inch long.
  • They move in a way that resembles a swimming fish.

Are Silverfish Dangerous?

So, you’ve spotted a silverfish. What does this mean for your family? The good news is that silverfish don’t bite and aren’t known to transmit any diseases that are dangerous to humans. The bad news is that silverfish are difficult to get rid of. Once one silverfish finds your home, you could have many more. They are unsightly and can be frightening, so you should still take measures to keep them out of your home.

Can You Prevent Silverfish From Getting Inside?

Silverfish love moisture. If they’ve come into your home, they’re probably hiding in basements, attics, garages, bathrooms, and closets. They want dark, damp areas. In order to keep silverfish out, you need to reduce the moisture levels in your home. Start by using a dehumidifier in damp rooms like basements and bathrooms. If you have a leaky pipe or a leak in the ceiling, you should repair the leak as soon as possible and repair any damaged wood or furniture.

Another way to prevent silverfish is to keep infrequently used rooms well organized. If your belongings are safely secured in boxes and on shelves, there will be fewer hiding places for silverfish, and you may be able to spot and stop an infestation sooner. Finally, to prevent silverfish, you need to get rid of entry points. Check the exterior of your home for holes and cracks that may be encouraging silverfish and other pests to get inside.

What To Do If You Have A Silverfish Problem?

When it comes to protecting your home from pests, it’s never a bad idea to seek professional help. Big Blue Bug Solutions has experience with all pests—both familiar and unfamiliar ones. We know how to identify silverfish and stop an infestation.

We’ll stop by your house for an inspection, then we’ll create a treatment plan in conversation with you to help clear your home of silverfish. We specialize in long-term results that will make your home feel as safe as ever.