This is the first installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you have a freaky looking bug in your house that bears a slight resemblance to the
aliens in the movie Men In Black, then you might have silverfish. They’re quite common in Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida for that matter. This bug has also been described as looking fish-like (obviously!) or like a very small, skinny, gray cockroach with a tapered end. Their coloration changes as they age; they start out white, but look silvery as they age because of the scales on their bodies. They are less than an inch long.
You also might realize that nasty bug is a silverfish based on where you find it in your house. Silverfish can digest cellulose, meaning that a cardboard box full of old books in the attic is a prime spot to find them. They also like flour, dry pasta and boxes of cereal.
Florida homes – as well as those in other parts of the southern U.S. – are especially vulnerable to these pests, because they like the warm weather and high humidity.
To prevent silverfish from getting a foothold in your house, use the following tips:
- Always store food in airtight containers
- Remove unnecessary cardboard boxes
- Throw away or recycle old newspapers and magazines
- Check your bookcase twice a year for signs of an infestation
- Use a dehumidifier
- Clean and dust regularly
Fortunately, silverfish can’t transmit disease to humans. Unfortunately, they can damage items in your home, so it’s important to get them under control. If you’re dealing with an annoying silverfish infestation in Cape Coral, please drop us an email or simply call (800) 314-8813 to help you get them under control! Anytime you hire us for pest control service, we’ll donate a portion of the sales to a charity of your choice.