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How to Spot a Silverfish Infestation

Silverfish 300x215 How to Spot a Silverfish InfestationUnfortunately, silverfish are among the most common pests that North Carolina homeowners deal with. While spotting one here and there from time to time may not be an obvious cause for concern, even just one silverfish sighting could mean that there are dozens or hundreds more lurking in other areas of the house. Because silverfish thrive in warm and humid areas, they are most common during the warm months of spring and summer and are often found in basements and bathrooms.

Dangers of Silverfish

Unfortunately, silverfish can cause a great deal of damage within the home if they are not taken care of promptly. Often times, signs of a silverfish infestation are quite obvious. Homeowners may find holes in a room’s wallpaper or in clothes that show up suddenly and inexplicably. Sometimes, these holes are surrounded by a yellow stain. Silverfish feed on these materials and others that contain cellulose, starch, and sugar. Therefore, it is not uncommon for homeowners to also find holes in carpet, books, and photographs.

Other even more obvious signs of an infestation can be as seemingly harmless as finding a few silverfish in the home on the same day. Most often, the pests are discovered in laundry rooms, showers, bath tubs, and on shelves.

Steps to Take

Lowering thermostat temperatures during the summer can make the home a less suitable place for silverfish to live and may discourage more from infesting the residence. However, this may not take care of the silverfish that have already set up shop within the home.

In general, it is best to hire a pest control expert that specializes in silverfish control and eradication. This will help to ensure that the problem is taken care of properly and in a timely manner. Specifically, homeowners looking for assistance with silverfish control can always turn to the professionals here at Clegg’s. We know what it takes to handle a silverfish infestation at any home. Furthermore, we offer pest control services for bed bugs and termites as well.

No homeowner should have to live with an insect infestation of any kind. Turn to the dedicated experts at Clegg’s today to handle pests such as silverfish and prevent one’s property from incurring any more damage as a result.

For silverfish infestations, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Does the Smell of Cucumbers Really Repel Silverfish

Silverfish 300x215 Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Does the Smell of Cucumbers Really Repel SilverfishThe silverfish is a small, wingless insect that can infect your home. Whether you live in North Carolina or another state, this household pest can cause a lot of damage. The insect consumes almost anything made of starch or sugar such as paper, clothing, plaster, wallpaper glue, and carpeting. If you want to get rid of the silverfish, one home remedy is the smell of cucumbers.

What are Silverfish?

Silverfish are so named because of their silvery grey color. They have flat bodies that taper near the back, so they resemble fish. The insect has a length of up to one inch as adults. These pests also thrive in dark and moist places, and are most often found in basements, laundry rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and attics. Silverfish reproduce quickly, and can live up to a year without eating. Because they are also nocturnal, it may be some time before you notice an infestation.

Are Home Remedies the Answer?

Once you know you have silverfish in your home, you have a few options. You may want to start with natural or home remedies that don’t use chemicals. One popular silverfish repellent is cucumber peels because the insect doesn’t like the smell. You can cut thick pieces of cucumber peel, and leave them in areas where you see silverfish. The smell will drive the silverfish away. After a few days, the peels dry out, so you have to replace them with fresh cucumber peels.

While there is plenty of folklore about the effectiveness of using cucumbers to repel silverfish, there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to support this claim. Still, that doesn’t mean cucumbers won’t repel the silverfish. However, cucumbers don’t kill the adults or their eggs. Total eradication is what you need to get rid of the infestation.

The Best Solution

If you want to completely rid your home of silverfish, the best solution is to hire Clegg’s if you are in North Carolina or South Carolina. As a professional exterminator, Clegg’s focuses on removing bed bugs and termites throughout North Carolina, but the company also has expertise in exterminating silverfish.

Although you can try cucumber peels to repel a silverfish you see in your bathtub or in a kitchen cabinet, the chances are there are a lot more silverfish that you don’t see. As an expert pest control company, we can eliminate the infestation. While home remedies are useful in some situations, sometimes they just aren’t enough.

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