Insect Silver Fish Damage

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Insect silver fish damage is something you might not even know you have.  Or it may be something you are really struggling with.  This article gives information about what insect silver fish are, what kind of damage they can do to your home or apartment and what you can do about it.

What Are Insect Silver Fish

Insect silver fish are nocturnal pests that you may have found squirming around the bottom of your bathtub or sink in the middle of the night because they can’t get out of the slippery sides.  First of all know that they are harmless, although annoying, to humans.  They do not carry diseases and medically they will not hurt you in any way. They willprobably bother you though and be an embarrassment should you have guests come over and one of them comes out and says "hello."

The scientific name for silver fish is "Lepisma saccharina." They are also known as fish moths and firebrats. About one-half to one inch long they have two antennae extending from their head, three "tails" extending from their other end and are tear- shaped. They have a varied diet of starches and sugars, books, wallpaper, clothing, carpet, old magazines, dandruff, old boxes and photographs.

They love humid, wet and dark places such as attics, basements and laundry rooms. They are nocturnal insects and therefore hide during the day and come out at night. If you have seen one silver fish insect in your house you can be positive that there are many more where theycame from. You just haven't seen them yet.

Insect Silver Fish Damage

What does insect silverfish damage look like?  The following are a list of items that are signs of silver fish damage.

  • Distinct bite or chewing marks on paper and cardboard boxes.
  • Yellow spots or holes on draperies, linens or clothes made of any kind of material.
  • Holes or bite marks on wallpaper coverings.
  • Books with small holes in the spine or inside the book.

    What You Can Do To Prevent Silver Fish Damage

    Prevention is always better than a cure so take a little time now to stop any silver fish damage from occurring in the future. If you are bringing home boxes that have been stored in ahumid basement or attic be sure to inspect them and make sure they aren't harboring any silver fish stowaways.

    If you have any drippy faucets make sure to have them fixed immediately.  Silver fish need water to survive and you don’t want to give them any extra to thrive in.  Your house or apartment may be in a humid region and therefore you will need to reduce your humidity level. Use a dehumidifier or run your air conditioning to reduce the water level in your home.

    Outside quickly rake up piles of dead leaves and weeds from around your home. You don't want to create an environment that will attract silver fish bugs. Walk around the outside of your house with either a caulk gun or some spray foam and seal any small openings that would allow any kind of bug into your home.

    Vacuum your house regularly along any cracks and crevices along the walls and entryways to your home. Wipe up spills and crumbs quickly to prevent silver fish from coming into your kitchen. Place all food into tightly sealed plastic storage containers.

    Now you know how to identify the silver fish insect, what their damage can look like and what you can do about it. Follow these simple steps and you will be able to prevent much of the possible silver fish damage to your home.

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Stephanie Lewis is a writer who specializes in helping others rid their home of pesky insects. You can check out her latest website at what are silverfish and what you can do to get rid of them.


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This article was published on 2011/09/13