Are silverfish active in winter?

Silverfish get their names from the silver, hard steel-like outer shell. Also, silverfish appear to move like a fish swims. These pests are not commonly thought of as destructive, but in high numbers, they are. They might not be as common as their destructive counterparts such as termites and carpenter ants, but they can do as much damage. Silverfish can eat through items like clothes, wood, papers, and books. Sentimental documents, pictures, and clothes stored in garages or attics are all susceptible to this bug. Also, furniture, frames, art, and wood beams might be eaten by these pests. 

During winter, unlike other bugs, silverfish might become more active. They can easily sneak into homes and prefer to live in places like garages or attics where they can survive without being seen. This is true in many parts of the United States.  

In very cold areas, these bugs can enter a state called diapause during the winter months. This is a dormant state where they convert the water in their bodies into glycerol, an antifreeze type of chemical that keeps them from freezing.  

Keeping silverfish out of your home 

Silverfish prevention measures do not differ much from season to season. You should do your best to remove the things that either help the silverfish get into your home or attract them to it. For example, avoid storing anything against the sides of your home such as trash cans, woodpiles, or storage cabinets. The silverfish can and will climb on these items to gain entrance to your home through vents or cracks. Also fixing leaky faucets and eliminating standing water will make your home less attractive to silverfish that need a water source to survive. On that note, run a dehumidifier in your home to dry out the things silverfish are feasting on and the silverfish themselves. 

If possible, try to clear the clutter from your garage. At the least, store your important documents and clothing in air-tight containers. Sweep and wipe down surfaces in your garage regularly. Keeping floors and surfaces clear of food or water particles in your home will additionally deter silverfish as well as other pests. 

Remember, silverfish are looking for a place to thrive. Eliminating water sources and storing belongings in airtight containers can deter them from your home. If the silverfish just won’t budge,  reach out to Ohio Pest Control. 

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