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What Is This Fast Moving Silver Bug?

What silverfish look like in Atlanta GA - Active Pest ControlHave you been finding small, slender, silver bugs scurrying around in your house? Although they are fast and freaky-looking, they aren’t a threat to your safety. However, they are a widely-loathed nuisance pest for Atlanta GA homeowners, especially during rainy seasons.

Silverfish are wingless, moisture-seeking insects that find plenty of materials to snack on in our homes. Although they don’t bite or transmit diseases to humans, it’s certainly warranted to want them out of your home as soon as possible. Read on to learn how to get rid of silverfish with Active Pest Control!

What Are Silverfish? Do I Have Them?

Silverfish are insects that range in length from 1/2”-3/4“. They have flat bodies, skinny legs, long antennae, and silver coloration on their backs. Their name comes from this color paired with their fish-like movements.

If you find bugs that look like this around your bathroom, under-sink cupboards, crawl spaces, or basement, you’re dealing with a silverfish infestation. Silverfish are highly attracted to humid areas, so any dark corner that moisture collects can serve as a hiding place for many silverfish. Once inside your house, they will look for paper, carpet, clothing, paint, glue, hair, dead insects, and even their own exoskeletons to feast on. And that’s no exaggeration! Silverfish are probably the least picky pest in Atlanta.

How to Prevent a Silverfish Infestation

One of the most important ways to keep silverfish out of your house is to limit access to what they might be interested in eating. Although this is difficult due to their varied diet, we can take these actions:

  • Store carb-heavy foods in airtight containers
  • Limit access to insulation by making sure it is covered
  • Store books, paper, and boxes in dry places

It’s also crucial to take care of any sources of excess moisture. Check around your house to ensure that none of your plumbing fixtures are leaking. You can prevent moisture buildup in your bathroom by running the fan during and after showers and by wiping up any spilled water. Also, ensure that your crawl spaces are as well-ventilated as they can be.

Silverfish Pest Control in Atlanta GA

If your silverfish infestation is out of hand and requires professional help to get rid of, reach out to your local pest control company. The technicians at Active Pest Control are trained to stop silverfish infestations most effectively by locating the source of the problem and correcting it. We use the safest and most effective silverfish removal strategies to keep your house clean and pest-free*. Contact our team today for a free quote!