What To Do If You Spot Silverfish In Your Lubbock Home

up close image of a silverfish crawling in a bathroom

Any pests in your home are not welcome, but one specific pest that is not as widely discussed as cockroaches, bed bugs, and rats, that should be talked about more is silverfish. These nasty pests are small and quick, meaning they are very easy to miss. Unfortunately, this means that the damage they are doing to their home can also be missed very easily. 

What Is This Silver Bug In My Lubbock Bathroom?

People don’t commonly know about silverfish, misidentifying it as another pest in many instances. The silverfish is typically ¾ of an inch long, and their name comes from their silvery, metallic appearances as well as their fish-like shape and movements. These pests can be brown in some instances, but they still have a silver glimmer. 

One of their most distinctive features is their “bristletails,” which are three long bristle-looking appendages on the end of their body that look like tails. Another indicator that your pest is a silverfish is its long, thread-like antennae. Truly unlike any other pest you commonly find, silverfish are a sight to see but not something you want in your Lubbock home.

Signs Of Silverfish In Your Lubbock House

You know silverfish are in your home if you find them, but they try to hide their presence from humans. The best way to know that there are silverfish in your home is by finding signs of their infestation. Signs of silverfish are:

  • Feeding marks (holes, notches along an edge, or surface ethics)
  • Yellow stains
  • Scales
  • Feces (black pepper-like pellets)

There are specific places in your home where you can look for these signs too. Silverfish are attracted to dark and moist areas, so they can often be found inside containers, garages, attics, basements, and kitchen pantries. Others have even noticed silverfish coming in through light fixtures in their ceiling.

You should also be looking at what silverfish like to eat and see if they have been disturbed and chewed on at all. Silverfish like to feed on:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Leather
  • Old books
  • Starches
  • Clothing
  • Cosmetics
  • Photos
  • Paper
  • Sugar

This is a wide variety of items, but an awareness of what they like to eat can help you find these invaders before it is too late. They like to hide from humans, so their damage can go unnoticed as well, but it doesn’t have to.

Are Silverfish In Lubbock Poisonous?

Thankfully, silverfish do not pose a threat to humans directly. They can cause harm to different personal items and can even cause property damage as they infest wallpaper and eat the glue holding it together, but you are safe from silverfish bites. They do not bite or spread disease, but left alone they can reproduce quickly and begin damaging your home at greater rates.

Silverfish can survive up to a year without eating, and they have an eight-year lifespan. Additionally, they can produce up to 60 eggs at a time, meaning that if you do not spot these pests early and stop them, they can rapidly grow and turn from a nuisance into a real threat.

What Do I Do If I Find Silverfish In My Lubbock Home?

Because of this threat they pose, it is important to catch them before it gets too late and get them out of your home. The best way to do this is by contacting the professionals at EnviroGuard. 

At EnviroGuard, we will come to your home and inspect the extent of the problem, finding out where the silverfish are coming in and doing damage, and from there, we will develop a home pest control plan to remove these destructive pests from your home. This is the best way to eradicate these nasty pests from your home and leave you with peace of mind!