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Silverfish In Nashville, TN

There are many common home invading pests in Nashville. Silverfish are not necessarily the most common, but they invade often enough to be a problem for many people. Because of this, it is important to know how to identify, eliminate, and prevent a future infestation of these unpleasant pests.

What are silverfish?

Silverfish get their name from their appearance. They have a flat tapered, tear-drop-shaped body and metallic scales. It almost looks like they are swimming when they move, adding to their fish-like qualities. And although they have high moisture needs, this pest is not a walking fish but an insect with size legs and long antennae. At about ½ to ¾ of an in long, silverfish have three-bristle-like tails and no wings.

Are silverfish dangerous?

Surprisingly, silverfish are considered a nuisance pest and are not dangerous to people; this is surprising to many because of this pest's unsettling appearance. Although this is the case, you still do not want to allow silverfish in your home. Their presence alone can indicate #1 a moisture issue and #2 entry points that will also let other, more dangerous pests inside.

Why do I have a silverfish problem?

Silverfish are pests that invade based on drastic changes in the environment. Like other insects, this nuisance pest has specific moisture needs, and if the weather causes their natural habitats to become flooded or too dry, they will seek shelter elsewhere.

Once inside, however, silverfish will scavenge for the foods they like, including sugars, coffee, cotton, linen, vegetables, glue, and other starchy substances.

Where will I find silverfish?

You may find silverfish in many different places when they choose your home to hide in. Areas of the house where you'll find them include bathrooms, basements, garages, kitchens, storage areas, and other spaces with high moisture levels. Specific places you may find them are under sinks, behind furniture, in boxes, and even in books, as they like the glue that binds books together.

Outside, silverfish live under logs, rocks, leaf litter, and other dark and damp places.

How do I get rid of silverfish?

While one or two of these unsightly pests may not seem like a problem, there could be many more you do not see. The best thing to do with any pest is to contact experts for assistance. At Cima Solutions, our service professionals will talk with you and perform an inspection to understand the pest pressures you are experiencing. These steps also help us identify conducive conditions allowing pests to live in your home.

We will customize our residential pest control services to meet your needs based on what you tell us and our inspection findings. This customization includes how frequently we visit, quarterly, bimonthly, or monthly. Our recurring services come with a warranty, so you'll have peace of mind!

Keep your home pest-free with our residential pest control services in Nashville. Contact Cima Solutions for more information.

How can I prevent silverfish in the future?

Make your home less attractive to silverfish and other similar pests using these tips:

  • Seal and repair any cracks, holes, or damage on the exterior of your home, including replacing damaged screens and weatherstripping.
  • Keep your home free of food debris and remove unnecessary adhesives. Also, make sure any books, papers, and similar items are in lidded containers.
  • Repair any leaks and water damage, keep gutters from clogging, and use dehumidifiers.

Call Cima Solutions today for more tips on keeping silverfish and other pests out of your home!