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Green Eco-Friendly Pest Removal in Minnesota – Silverfish, Part III

Why do I always find silverfish hiding in my bookshelf?  Why do I move boxes in my basement and find more silverfish even after I have squished several? 

Silverfish will generally eat just about anything, including paper.  This includes wallpaper (and its glue, so your wallpaper could become seriously damaged in spots with a serious infestation), books, leather, paper, fur, and as mentioned in the last installment, cotton, silk and many other kinds of fabrics.  Silverfish are active at night and hide during the day, so if you move a box or a pile of books during the day and find them, they were probably hiding there waiting for nighttime.  A female adult silverfish will generally lay about 3 eggs per day and she lays them in small wall crevices or cracks in the floor, or even under boxes or books.  So even if you squish a few, several more are waiting to take their place.

If you are tired of these pests ruining your day, please call the friendly experts at Ecotech today.  We will get rid of your silverfish problem once and for all, and keep them from coming back.

Call Ecotech today – your green, clean pest removal solution.

763.785.1414

612.237.8282

952.881.6662

651.633.8600

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Green Eco-Friendly Pest Removal in Minnesota – Silverfish, Part II

What do Silverfish eat?  Will I get sick if they are in my home? Will my kids get sick?  These are some of the common questions we get about these annoying insect pests.

The good news:  you will probably not get sick from silverfish in your home, and neither will your pets or children.  There has never been a study that we are aware of that proves silverfish make you sick.  The bad news:  what they eat.  Unfortunately, silverfish feed on things such as silk, synthetic fabrics and cotton.  In other words, they are eating your clothing and furniture upholstery.  It can be very unnerving to put on a pair of pants or a shirt and have a silverfish come crawling out.  Also, these nasty pests prefer a moist environment, so you will often find them crawling around your kitchen sink (embarrassing when company is around), bathroom and basement.  These rooms typically have some degree of moisture, so it is likely you would have them here.  Finally, and most disturbing, silverfish, given their size and shape, can and do easily get into your foodstuffs and eat them, or lay eggs in the packaging (i.e. cereal, flour, sugar, crackers, etc.).

If you have been seeing an alarming number of silverfish in your home, call the experts at Ecotech today.  We will answer any questions you may have, remove the infestation, and keep these critters from coming back.

Call Ecotech today – your green, clean pest removal solution.

763.785.1414

612.237.8282

952.881.6662

651.633.8600

Please visit our website for the upcoming installment of the Silverfish series of blogs.

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Green Eco-Friendly Pest Removal in Minnesota – Silverfish, Part I

Although Silverfish are generally nuisance insects rather than harmful, we get numerous calls regarding these insects.  Silverfish can infest in large numbers, and with the wet season, we have seen some large infestations. 

These fast-moving insects are about ¼ to ½ inch long, have tapered oval shaped bodies, and have no wings.  The tail end of the silverfish is tapered and the head is larger.  They have six legs, long antennae and three tail-like appendages on the tips of their abdomens.  Like their name implies, they are silver in color.

If you suspect you have a silverfish infestation and it is more to you than just a nuisance, give Ecotech a call today.  One of our friendly, knowledgeable associates can remove them from your home without harsh chemicals or pesticides, so you can feel comfortable having them removed even with pets and/or children around.

Call Ecotech today – your green, clean pest removal solution.

763.785.1414

612.237.8282

952.881.6662

651.633.8600

Please visit our website for the upcoming installment of the Silverfish series of blogs.

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