Silverfish are pesky little critters with a big appetite for many things found in the home. An infestation of silverfish can quickly destroy treasured possessions, home decor, and pantry staples. By knowing what silverfish eat, you can help prevent them and the damage they cause.

Silverfish are small insects (1/2-1 inch long) that are tear-drop shaped. They are often silver or bluish-gray in color with a metallic shine. Although silverfish are not fish, they move like fish, using a side to side wiggling motion.

 

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Silverfish invade homes in search of food, water, and shelter. Once in a home, they will feed on a variety of household items. They are particularly fond of materials that contain polysaccharides (carbohydrates) in the form of starches and adhesives. Pantry foods can include sugar, flour, bread, oats, and various types of cereals. When it comes to decor, wallpaper, tapestries, linen, silk, plaster, and cotton are all at risk from silverfish. Photographs, book bindings, paper, and other sentimental items can also be affected. Lastly, silverfish also eat things like mold, dandruff, hair, and the exoskeletons of other insects. Silverfish damage and contamination can be costly, both financially and emotionally.

If you live in an area where silverfish are a common problem or you are just worried about potential issues, take precautions to protect your possessions. Store all food items, off-season clothing, or important documents/photos in sealed plastic containers. Avoid using cardboard boxes if possible. Here are a few more tips to prevent silverfish.

  • Dehumidify your home
  • Ensure proper ventilation when showering
  • Vacuum or sweep regularly to prevent crumbs
  • Dust often
  • Declutter your home
  • Seal the exterior of your home

If you need help with silverfish along the Sunshine Coast, contact Radar Pest Control today. One of our technicians will come out to your home to assess the problem and create a customized plan to help you get rid of silverfish for good. You can trust Radar Pest Control for the very best Sunshine Coast pest control.