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Houston Silverfish…Not a Fish After All!

Pest Control Houston TX – Silverfish Control in Houston …

Silverfish in Houston

Silverfish are common in Houston's climate.

The Silverfish…Not A Fish After All!

Silverfish are also known as bristletails or firebrats —

They have scales and a name that contains the word “fish”, but they are definitely not something that you would consider eating! 

Typically soft bodied, adult silverfish  are silvery to brown in color and will grow up to ¾ of an inch long.  Houston pest control  experts say that silverfish cannot fly as they do not have wings, but they are fast running critters. 

They have a recognizable flattened top to bottom body and are oval shaped with their ends tapering off like a carrot.  Their two long antennae and three long tail projections help guide their way as they quickly run around your home.

Silverfish do not sting or bite humans or pets, but instead are considered to be a nuisance pest.  They prefer to dine on starch type foods, but will resort to wallpaper glue, books, or fabrics if they are hungry. 

You will often find silverfish hiding in bookcases, in closets, behind baseboards, or around doors and windows.  The presence of silverfish during the day is an indicator of a serious infestation problem within your home or business.

Houston pest professionals say that good sanitation procedures can help keep silverfish infestations down, but won’t fully eliminate these pesky creatures.  Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Remove newspapers, old books, magazines and fabric or store these items in plastic bins.
  • Clean closets on a regular basis to keep harborage areas down.
  • Inspect items coming into your home, especially if they are used or have been in storage areas.
  • Silverfish need moisture to thrive so keep humidity as low as possible.

Because of their small size, their tendency to hide during daytime hours, and their preference of eating paper, glue, and fabrics, often times silverfish infestations are large and very difficult to locate within a home or business. 

Experienced pest control companies in Houston  can find and eliminate silverfish infestations before they overtake your structure.

Give the pros at Protex Pest Control a call today!  We can help – guaranteed.

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