If you’ve recently seen a lot of silverfish in your home, you’re probably wondering why. You are likely to notice them in any location in the home, but they are most likely to congregate in humid or moist areas, such as the basement, laundry room or bathroom. This is because silverfish are attracted to moisture.

Silverfish are also known under a variety of other names such as carpet shark, urban silverfish, and fish moth. The silverfish can grow to be one inch in length, and it has a silvery/light grey coloration. It also has a fish-like shape and movements, hence the name.

The factors that increase the odds of a silverfish infestation

We’ve already listed high humidity and moisture as factors that increase the likelihood of a silverfish infestation, but there are other issues that can play a part:

Prevention tips

In order to prevent a large infestation of silverfish from taking root on your property, you want to remove these outdoor sources of moisture. Make sure that you do not leave leaf piles on your property for too long, and that any weeded areas are cleared. Move any firewood or construction wood far away from the home, and maybe lift it off the ground. Try to keep the area near your foundation clear of vegetation so that it stays as dry as possible, and make sure that you use crushed rock instead of mulch. Inside the home, use dehumidifiers to keep things dry. If however, despite these steps, you still end up with an infestation, you will need the help of a specialist to get it under control. Contact us today to set up an appointment.