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Silverfish, Silverfish, Hiding in Your Decorations!

Silverfish, Silverfish, Hiding in Your Decorations!

This season, as you haul boxes of string lights, tinsel, and the family Christmas tree down from your attic, you may notice some less-than-desirable hitchhikers in your boxes. These insects may have a silver, long, tapered body that is shaped like a teardrop; if so, these types of insects are known as Silverfish. They have a shimmery appearance and squiggle across the floor in a fish-like manner, which is how their name originated. They are attracted to damp and dark areas with high humidity, making attics and garages popular locations for these pests to thrive and reproduce in Florida.

Are Silverfish Harmful?

In short, yes and no. If you see Silverfish in your home, do not panic. Thankfully, they are not harmful to humans in that they do not bite or carry disease. They are not venomous and cannot make you sick. However, Silverfish are chewing insects, which means they can eat through common household belongings such as glue, paper (including books), cereals, starches (like linens and curtains), and cardboard boxes—a common storage unit for holiday décor.

How Do I Prevent Silverfish in My Home?

In order to prevent Silverfish from entering your home, here are some of the best tips we recommend:

  • Seal up food and store personal belongings in airtight, plastic bins with a proper seal.
  • Use a dehumidifier in your garage to eliminate humidity.
  • Keep excess moisture out of wet areas such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry room. Dry left-over water in sinks and bathtubs after use.
  • Make sure you have proper drainage in the landscaping of your home and seal up all windows, cracks, and crevices in the foundation. Cracks are a major entrance point for Silverfish to hide and lay their eggs.

Help! I Keep Seeing Silverfish! Now What?

If these uninvited guests are overstaying their welcome for the holidays, it’s time to contact TNT Termite and Pest Control so that we can help protect your property and precious belongings. Our efficient and friendly technicians are available to evaluate and inspect the source of these insects and create the best treatment plan for getting rid of these critters once and for all. That way, you can devote all your time to spending the season with your family and friends, and less time worrying about your belongings. Call TNT today for DYNAMITE customer service at (813) 468-8574, or message us here on our website!