Why Do I Have Silverfish In My Baltimore Home?

It can seem mysterious when silverfish start getting into your Baltimore home, but these insects aren't actually all that mysterious. There are a few common factors that lead to silverfish infestations. If you're aware of them, you'll have a better chance of preventing an infestation. If you're dealing with a silverfish infestation in your Baltimore home right now, these insights can help you to get rid of them naturally.

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Exterior Moisture

Silverfish are moisture pests. They are drawn to areas that are damp. When they encroach upon your property, they'll gravitate to high moisture locations. Here are a few examples.

  • A damp perimeter caused by clogged or broken gutters.

  • Damp ground underneath ornamental plants, bushes, and other vegetation.

  • Shaded areas underneath structures and where there is dense tree canopy.

If you have silverfish in your home, it is likely that you have damp conditions around your home that need to be addressed. When you take the time to roll up your sleeves and deal with the dampness, you are likely to see results.

Entry Points

When silverfish explore your exterior, they find their way in through tiny gaps, cracks, and holes. These are likely to be near moisture points, such as gaps around pipes that enter your home, and cracks in your foundation in the space behind your landscaping vegetation.

  • Seal cracks in your foundation.

  • Repair chipped mortar.

  • Repair damaged screens on doors and windows.

  • Seal gaps around foundation penetrations.

  • Seal gaps around window and door frames.

  • If you have weep holes, make sure they're protected.

  • Repair or replace rotted wood.

  • Seal gaps between your sole plates and your foundation.

On the interior of your home, make sure you have a good seal around pipes that come in under your kitchen and bathroom sinks.

Interior Humidity

  • If you have an infestation of silverfish, it is likely that there are humid spaces within your home. Silverfish don't do well in a home that is dry. How can you make your home too dry for silverfish? Here are a few suggestions that may help.

  • If you have a fan in your bathroom, it is best to use it. That fan helps to remove moisture while you're taking a shower or bath.

  • If you have fans and ventilation in other areas of your home, make sure they are functioning properly.If your home has a dehumidifier system, make sure it's working.

  • If you have areas of your home that are humid, and there is no dehumidifier system for your home, consider installing a dehumidifier unit in the space.

  • If you have leaking faucets or showerheads, get them repaired. Dripping water leaves droplets on surfaces and increases humidity.

  • If you have a jetted tub, you might be tempted to leave water in the tub between uses. It is best that you don't. If you must, use your bathroom vent to remove as much moisture as possible.

Other Exterior Attractants

Silverfish often get into homes that have a lot of leaf litter around the outside or other conditions that provide a habitat near foundation walls or underneath structures. It is best to blow leaves out of your landscaping and out from underneath structures if you don't want to have trouble with silverfish and other pests inside your home.

Interior Food Sources

There are many things that silverfish can eat. If you understand what silverfish feed on, it can help you with silverfish control.

  • Silverfish can get into your pantry food items. Store these items in sealed containers to keep silverfish out.

  • Silverfish eat paper and cardboard. If you store items in cardboard boxes, consider plastic totes instead. You may also reduce humidity in storage areas to make cardboard less attractive.

  • Silverfish eat dust. If you take the time to thoroughly clean your home, you can reduce an important food source that inspires infestation.

  • Silverfish eat clothing and linen. They prefer items that are in humid spaces. When you store your clothing, do so in spaces that are dry, and consider using plastic totes if you're going to be storing items for an extended time.

  • Silverfish eat dead insects. If you have routine infestations of insects, this can be a catalyst for silverfish issues. Everything you do to prevent insect activity in your home can help to prevent silverfish problems.

When Natural Control Falls Short

If you're not able to get control of silverfish with the suggestions given above, it may be necessary to have a licensed pest management professional inspect and evaluate your property. We can assist you with this. Our technicians perform detailed inspections to detect silverfish activity and determine conditions that are conducive to silverfish. Based on our findings, we'll guide you toward a plan that will eliminate silverfish activity inside your Baltimore home, and we will help to prevent future infestations. Reach out to us today for immediate assistance.

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