Why Do I Have Silverfish In My Dallas, TX Home?

a silverfish destroying books

As a homeowner, you're likely familiar with the trials and troubles caused by common Dallas, TX pests. Pests like mice, flies, and other pests are so common that it isn't shocking when we hear of someone dealing with these pests or even deal with them ourselves. However, there are still pests out there not as common. One such pest is the silverfish.

This pest is named as such thanks to its fish-like shape and movement and its metallic silver coloring. Fortunately, they are not the most threatening pests out there. However, they do cause plenty of problems for Dallas, TX  homeowners when left unchecked.

For starters, they tend to invade in large numbers and can quickly overrun your home. They've also been known to cause allergic reactions and even attract other pests like the carpet beetle. Ultimately, the greatest concern with silverfish is the potential harm they bring to your belongings thanks to their love of chewing into materials like clothing, upholstery, and even paper.

Attraction Factors For Silverfish

Let's be clear about one thing. Silverfish can thrive in almost any type of climate, so technically all homes are fair game. With that being said, there are attraction factors that might make your home more desirable to invade. These attraction points include but aren't limited to:

  • Dark And Damp Rooms: The darker and wetter rooms like the basement or attic, the more susceptible you are to an infestation. They need moisture more than darkness, so double check to ensure you don't have any leaks. 
  • Paper Storage: Since silverfish like to eat paper, large stacks of papers left out equal a buffet in their eyes. Make sure you utilize proper storage for your important documents and regularly dispose of unimportant items to remain protected.
  • Damp Clothing: For silverfish, clothing that's accessible, especially when damp, is one heck of a party. Unattended clothing like that load you never got around to washing or drying in the laundry room is an especially popular target.

Preventing Silverfish Infestations

Knowing what attracts the silverfish is only half the battle. You also need to know how to prevent them consistently. Some ways to get started are:

  • Inspections: This pest likes to hide in items like boxes and other similar sites. Regularly and carefully inspect these items to ensure you never face an unwanted infestation.
  • Perform Repairs: Did you find a leak or something else when inspecting the property? If so, the best way to prevent infestations is to make the necessary repairs promptly. The longer you delay, the more likely you are to face all kinds of infestations, including silverfish.
  • Dehumidify: Silverfish like moist environments most. With a dehumidifier, you can dry out the property to make your home less appealing.
  • Seal Entry Points: Sometimes it's a simple matter of them being inside simply because they can get in through small cracks or holes. Seal these entry points and you'll not need to worry as much. 

Preventing Silverfish With White Knight Pest Control

At White Knight Pest Control, we believe in keeping your home protected from harmful pests, so you and your family can enjoy peace of mind. For roughly 15 years, our team has been solving residential pest problems. We owe our success to understanding the unique needs you face while providing the solution needed to match those needs. That's why we offer three different Dallas home pest control plans for you to choose from, so you can be sure you're getting the help you need.

Are you in need of silverfish prevention services? Then give our team at White Knight Pest Control a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional silverfish control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.