The Silverfish In Tampa Can Be A Real Pain

silverfish crawling on a book

When it comes down to it, silverfish can be a nuisance to find around your Tampa home. They look like tiny aliens that appear in places you'd least expect. On top of that, they can be a frightening sight to see. Due to their small size and ability to hide, a silverfish infestation could happen right under your nose.

If you find silverfish around your Tampa home, it would be best to get rid of them. Reaching out to a Tampa pest control professional can seem like overkill for this kind of nuisance, but that is not the case. You can save both time and money by having the pros handle it rather than trying to eradicate them from your Tampa home yourself.

What Do Silverfish Look Like?

Silverfish are not as terrifying as their appearance would have you believe. They are no bigger than 3/4th of an inch and are typically silver, gray, or brown. These silver or reflective colors give silverfish the first part of its name. They move very quickly and in a zagging motion reminiscent of a fish, the second part of their name. 

One of the main reasons people are so frightened by silverfish is the many appendages this pest has protruding from its tiny body. In addition to the six legs, it also has two antennas and three additional protruding appendages at its rear. It can seem challenging to identify the different types of silverfish as they all have a very similar diet and pattern of living. 

How To Root Silverfish Out Of Their Hiding Spots

A silverfish will infest several areas of a home. However, it is challenging to drive them out without proper tools and know-how. This is why calling in the help of an expert will save you time. Here are a couple of locations around the home where you can find possible silverfish infestations:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Basement
  • Attic
  • Laundry room
  • Study

These are popular hot spots because they contain a silverfish's food source supply. Silverfish will eat human hair, glue, book bindings, sugar, and starches. As such, they will frequent locations around your home that are hosts to things like brushes, books, and sweet foods. 

What Kind Of Damage Can Silverfish Cause

While they make look menacing, silverfish can not bite humans. Their mandibles do not allow for the strength it would take to break your skin. However, while they can not harm you, they can deal some damage to your things. They can inflict the following types of damage:

  • Contaminate your food supplies.
  • Stain your bedding and clothing.
  • Damage or destroy the binding of your books or wallpaper.
  • Chew holes through photos.
  • Stain and poke holes in our upholstery.

These pests are very reclusive, but the damage they can inflict is real and aggravating. When you want to rid your home of these pests, give us a call today.

The Best Way To Keep Silverfish Out Of Your Home

The best way to get rid of silverfish around your home is to enlist the aid of a local Tampa pest control company like ours at EcoTech Pest Control Services. Our team has nearly a decade of experience dealing with a wide variety of pests, including long tailed silverfish . We at EcoTech Pest Control Services offer free inspections and a satisfaction guarantee along with any job we perform. 

Our techs are up-to-date on all the latest advancements in the field and certified for the task. At EcoTech Pest Control Services, we take pride in being able to help our local community. This also means that we have extensive knowledge of the various pests in the area. Give us a call today and get the ball rolling for a pest-free home.