Silverfish

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Silverfish

Silverfish are small, wingless insects that get their name from their silvery-blue appearance and fishlike movements. They are also known as carpet sharks sometimes they are confused with firebrats, another very similar insect.

Identifying Silverfish

Silverfish are approximately ½ inch to an inch in length. Their bodies are elongated and flattened with a tapered body giving the appearance of a fish tail. Adult silverfish have a  metallic shine and two large antennae but lacks wings.

Silverfish live in damp, warm places which make them a common house pest especially in laundry rooms, areas around ovens, heating units, fireplaces, hot water pipes, attics during the summer, and the furnace during winter. They can be found outside around doors or windows, or near porch lights, preferring these locations for their warmth.  New construction can attract them for the moisture but also as a food source with wood glue, caulks, and other starches. Silverfish are nocturnal, but you may see them during the day as well if the infestation is large enough.

Getting Rid of Silverfish

Even if silverfish do not end up causing a lot of damage in the home, they are a nuisance simply by virtue of their presence. Their swarming about on windows, appearing in bathtubs and sinks and presence in the home in large numbers are undesirable.  Use Bugly dust in cracks and crevices and spray interior Bugly products around baseboards and other areas of activity.

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