Silverfish | Des Moines, IA

What Do Silverfish Look Like?

Silverfish are wingless and silvery-brown in color because of the fine scales that cover their entire body. They are generally soft-bodied and are up to one inch long. Their most distinguishing features are three long tail projections and two long antennae.

Where Do Homeowners Typically Find Silverfish?

With the capability to live in almost every type of climate, silverfish will typically choose dark and damp areas. Therefore, silverfish are attracted to attics, basements, bathrooms, etc. and are known to be attracted to moist clothing or paper.

Silverfish are chewing insects that prefer carbohydrates and protein, including dried meat, rolled oats, paper and even glue. They can survive for long periods, sometimes over a year, without food. They are fast running and mostly active at night. Silverfish can contaminate food, damage paper goods, and stain clothing. They do not pose any health risk but occasionally may damage book bindings, curtains and wallpaper.

What Is A Silverfish 'Love Dance?'

Before mating, Silverfish typically go through 'love dances.' The male silverfish will lay their spermatophores which the female silverfish will then take into their ovipositor. The number of eggs that a female silverfish lays depends on numerous factors such as the habitat and species. Some species may lay a few eggs over a period of days whereas others may lay clusters of up to 20 at a time.

What Are The Signs of a Silverfish Infestation?

The most common sign of a silverfish infestation is when homeowners find them on the bathroom floor, around the sink or even the bathtub. Another indicator would be feeding damage and feces.

What Treatments Do You Use To Ward Off Silverfish?

Preferred Pest treatment for silverfish involves getting the insecticide to where they are living. Therefore, our technicians apply an insecticide dust to the attic area that will be effective for about 6 to 12 months.The insecticide is an odorless liquid that is inserted into the cracks and crevices of areas where the silverfish are frequent. These areas include baseboards, around pipe openings in walls, closets, bathrooms, kitchens, basements and bedrooms.

It is important to treat around the exterior foundation of your house and garage in order to prevent additional silverfish from entering. We will apply a three foot insecticide barrier on the ground surrounding your house and garage.

Des Moines Pest Control

Do you have a Silverfish infestation in your home? If so, Preferred Pest can help! As the leading Des Moines pest control company, our technicians will take care of your problem safely and effectively. Don't wait, make an appointment online or call us at (515) 415-5550 today!