What Attracts Silverfish?

And How to Prevent an Infestation


What attracts silverfish

Silverfish are bluish-gray bugs that get their name from the way they move. These quick bugs tend to be elusive, and you likely won’t see one until you notice the signs of their unique appetite. So, what is it that attracts silverfish?

What Attracts Silverfish?

  • Humidity: Silverfish like to hang out in damp areas, so they seek out your bathroom or humid basement.
  • Leaks: Searching for moisture, they are also attracted to leaks or stagnant water.
  • Books and other paper products: Silverfish need starch, and paper is a great source of the essential nutrient. They will eat books, your photo albums, wallpaper, and any other papers they find.
  • Clothing: Like with paper, silverfish don’t eat your clothing for the material, but rather the nutrients the material provides. They’re most likely to munch on clothing found in warm, humid places, so storing your clothing properly is essential. They’ll especially be attracted to your clothing if you store it away with food stains left over.
  • Your Food: Silverfish like your carb-heavy food. Baking supplies and sugars are a favorite.

And How to Prevent an Infestation

The best way to prevent silverfish from taking up residence in your home is to deal with any moisture issues you may have. Here are some tips:

  • Install a fan in your bathroom shower
  • Fill in cracks or fissures where they might enter. Use caulk along baseboards as well as in cracks and holes
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp places like basements to reduce moisture in the air
  • Make sure the area around the exterior foundation of your home is clear of leaves and other debris
  • Fix moisture issues such as standing water, leaky plumbing, or places where condensation forms
  • Remove stacks of newspapers and books from floors

Green Pest Solutions Knows What Attracts Silverfish.

We know the signs, how to prevent silverfish, and most importantly know how to get rid of them. Call us today at 877-636-9469 to learn about our silverfish pest control services.


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