Silverfish are annoying little insects that can eat you out of house and home. They are both small and fast, which makes them difficult to get rid of. If you think you might have silverfish in your home, you will need the help of an experienced Vero Beach pest control specialist to get rid of them. At HomeShield Pest Control, we know how to quickly and effectively eliminate these bothersome pests.

Signs Of Silverfish In Your House

Silverfish in Vero Beach have long, slender bodies shaped like a teardrop. They are usually around an inch long and have light blue or silver scales covering their bodies. If you see these bugs in your home, it is a good indication that you have a silverfish infestation. However, because they can move fast, are great climbers, and are small, they can fit into some of the most hard-to-reach places in your home. Even if you don't see a silverfish scurrying through your home, there are still several ways to determine if they are there. Some of the telltale clues to look for include:

  • Silverfish droppings: Silverfish leave a lot of droppings wherever they go. These tiny droppings are small, dark, and round. Many people think that a silverfish dropping looks like peppercorn.
  • Holes in various objects around your home. Silverfish have an odd diet, and these small insects will eat almost anything. They like foods that are starchy and high in protein and carbohydrates. They will even eat paper, cardboard, cloth, and wallpaper. They also like to snack on adhesives found on certain items like book bindings, tape, and stickers.
  • Skin casings: Throughout its life, the silverfish will molt around six or seven times. When they molt, they leave behind these small, translucent shells. 
  • Yellow stains: When a silverfish molts, it also leaves behind a speck of yellow dust. Most of the time, the dust will end up smeared on walls, furniture, and other objects, which leaves stains.

Throughout the life of a female silverfish, she will lay over 100 eggs. Because they have such a high reproduction rate, it does not take long for a couple of silverfish to turn into a full-fledged infestation.

Silverfish Can Damage Your Belongings

Silverfish can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. They can chew holes in your clothing, furniture, wallpaper, and more. They also can leave stains on your personal belongings, which can be difficult to remove. Early intervention is key to keeping your belongings intact. The longer you ignore your silverfish problem, the more severe the damage to your property will be. 

How And Why Silverfish Find Their Way Into Your Home

Silverfish are sneaky little creatures that can easily slither into your home without you even realizing it. Their small size allows them to slide through small gaps that you may have around your windows or doors. Sometimes, people accidentally bring silverfish into their homes on firewood, secondhand furniture, or another object with silverfish on it. 

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish And Keep Them Out

Silverfish are some of the most difficult types of pests for people to remove from their Vero Beach homes. At HomeShield Pest Control, we know the challenges of trying to achieve total silverfish control. We have spent years developing a comprehensive plan to eliminate the silverfish from your home for good. Give us a call today to see how we can help you live a pest-free life.