PUBLISHED ON May 25th, 2011
Silverfish are considered by many Portlanders to be one of the creepiest, most disgusting pests a home can have. They love darkness, humidity and sticking around in a home for a long, long time.
The best way to control silverfish is to discourage them from shacking up in your humble abode. For silverfish pest management, Portland homeowners can use the following pest prevention and control methods.
Control humidity. Like moths, silverfish love a humid environment. In fact, silverfish need a wet environment to survive. Properly ventilating attics, basements and bathrooms will help prevent the pests from making your home their home. A dehumidifier can be an invaluable tool for pest prevention and control.
Clean! One of the best ways to handle silverfish is to keep a clean house. Silverfish will eat a wide variety of things, including newspapers, linens and book glue, so try not to leave a silverfish smorgasbord lying around.
Fill entrance points. If they can’t get in, they won’t be a problem. Pay special attention to cracks or holes in walls and floors near pipes and drains – these are not only entrance points, but they can be used to deposit eggs.
Use light and heat. Like vampires, silverfish thrive in the dark. They also enjoy a regulated temperature between 70 and 80 degrees. If you can stand it, you should lower the temperature to about 60 degrees to assist with pest management. Portland residents are used to being chilly, after all. You can also use lights to force them into a more controlled environment.
Call a professional. When faced with an infestation that is beyond the above-mentioned methods for pest management, Portland homeowners should consider calling a pest prevention and control company. A large infestation can be difficult to get rid of on your own, and if not completely removed it can soon grow out of control.
[ photo by: blodgett esq. ]