Silverfish house austinSilverfish can be a fairly common sight around Austin homes. They are small wingless insects about 1/2 to 1 inch long. They get their name from their shimmery metallic-like color and shape and how they “wiggle” when they move.

They aren’t dangerous and pose little health risk and don’t transmit disease. Still, no one wants to see them crawling around their bathtub, bathroom sinks or drawers!

Silverfish seek out warm and moist environments and they consume carbohydrates which can include everything from paper to adhesive to plaster to carpet fibers.

How To Get Rid of Silverfish

There are several steps to keeping silverfish out of your home, most of which help a great deal with other insects such as roaches and millipedes.

  • Since they need moisture, removing or improving wet or damp areas around your structure can help. This includes leaves, mulch, wet areas under or surrounding large rocks or potted plants and leaky faucets or damaged gutters.
  • Sealing cracks and crevices on your home.
  • Replacing worn or weakened weather stripping around doors or windows.

Treating silverfish once they are in the house can be challenging since they can be around books, shelves, drawers, inside boxes or other hard to treat areas. One do it yourself option is to buy boric acid and lightly dust around attic storage areas, boxes and even inside cabinets and shelves that have seldom used paper or book items. Boric acid is a natural element that is less toxic than table salt. It doesn’t take much to help control them so only a light dusting is necessary.

If you’re experiencing issues with silverfish or other pests, give us a call at 512-443-0123 or fill out our online pest control form for a quick quote.