Silverfish are highly secretive; they are also nocturnal and move very quickly so the severity of an infestation may go unnoticed for long periods of time. Silverfish reproduce very quickly so when left untreated the size of the infestation can grow exponentially. They commonly infest dark, damp areas around paper and linen, consequently silverfish infestations can be found in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms, attics and basements.
They can survive in almost any environment, but they prefer areas with high humidity, in which their nymphs develop faster. Therefore, one of the best ways to prevent an infestation is to control humidity. Silverfish consume a variety of foods, and stringent housekeeping practices may help prevent an infestation by limiting potential feeding sites.
However, if your home is already host a silverfish population, hiring a Federal Pest Control professional who can create a customized approach to treatment is recommended. Traps and insecticides sold in stores will only kill individual insects and cannot address an entire infestation. Addressing a silverfish infestation requires treatment of both adult silverfish and their harbourage. Most do-it-yourself remedies prove ineffective over time, with brief periods of relief followed by another infestation. There are a variety of silverfish traps on the market. However,these traps target individual insects and cannot prevent entire silverfish populations. This is why silverfish infestations require professional treatment, by an expert technician who will inspect your home and determine the most effective treatment methods to employ. At the first sign of a silverfish infestation, contact your Federal Pest Control professional.