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Are Silverfish Poisonous?

You want to talk about an alien-looking pest, look no further than the silverfish. This wingless insect has a tapered, fish-like appearance. They are found all over the United States, Africa, South America, Australia, Eurasia, and in the Pacific—essentially silverfish will live anywhere, including your Baton Rouge home.

If you see a silverfish in your house in Baton Rouge, you may be concerned about whether or not they are poisonous to you or your pets. Plus, you definitely will want to keep them away from your home. It’s really not that hard to learn about and treat a silverfish problem. We will discuss the information you need to get control over these annoying insects throughout the rest of this article.

What are silverfish?

As mentioned in the introduction, silverfish get their name because they look fish-like. Their abdomens are tapered towards their tails and their small legs come out of the side of their bodies. This form gives them a very fishlike appearance. Unfortunately, their bodies also allow them to run extremely fast. They can outrun almost all of their predators, including humans.

Silverfish will also run away from light. They are a nocturnal insect. Other visual markers of silverfish include the fact that they are wingless. They also hatch with a lighter pale color, which is where they get the silver part of their name. As they age, their body takes on a darker silver appearance and metallic shine. Therefore, they are some of the most distinctive insects that you may have in your home.

Silverfish, like millipedes, love dark, damp, warm places. That is why they are often found in fireplaces, water pipes, attics, around your own, and even in your laundry room. Anywhere that is warm and has the potential for water leaks is ideal for the silverfish. Obviously, our home is even warmer in the fall and winter, which is when silverfish can become a huge problem for some homeowners.

Are they poisonous?

Understanding what silverfish look like and their habits are very important, but that knowledge doesn’t answer the most important question: are they dangerous?

Thankfully, the answer to this question is no. Silverfish are not dangerous to humans or pets. They do not bite, sting, or carry diseases. So, as far as pets go, having silverfish really isn’t an issue. The problem comes from their eating habits, not the fact that they are poisonous or dangerous in any way.

How to get rid of silverfish.

Silverfish enjoy eating starchy materials that have a lot of protein. Unfortunately, that description applies to many items in your home. Books, clothing, human food like potatoes, all of these items are a silverfish’s idea of a great meal. When you have a lot of silverfish, they can create huge issues by contaminating your food and eating holes through your books. That is why it is so important to keep them out of your home.

Silverfish reproduce quickly and can go a long time without eating, which makes them potentially very hard to get rid of. The best way to remove silverfish from your home is to contact Fox Pest Control. We have a number of locally owned and operated branches throughout the Eastern United States.

All Fox Pest Control branches offer same day service if you call before 2 p.m. Plus, we even provide night and weekend appointments for no extra charge. We are happy to fit our visit and free quote into your life. We do not require you to fit into our schedule.

If you have a silverfish problem, you don’t have to worry about the pests harming your health. But, they can be a huge nuisance. Contact Fox Pest Control today to learn about our silverfish extermination plan. Our friendly and professional technicians can identify your pest issue, whether it’s silverfish or something else, and employ effective, long-term methods to protect your Baton Rouge home. Pests … it’s what we do.

Posted on November 26, 2019.

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