With silver, shiny bodies and three tail-like appendages, silverfish may look just as scaly as any other aquatic creature, but these pests can spend a lot more time in your New Braunfels home than they do in the water. If you think you may have silverfish, now is the perfect time to learn more about these strange creatures. Here’s what New Braunfels homeowners should know about silverfish including identifying silverfish versus firebrats, whether or not silverfish bite, the kind of damage they can do to your home, and what to do if you believe you have a silverfish infestation.
How To Tell If It’s Silverfish Or Firebrats In Your New Braunfels Home
Not only do they come from the same insect family, but with similar appearances and some of the same behavioral habits, it’s easy to mistake silverfish for firebrats. So how do you know which pest you're dealing with in your New Braunfels home?
There are a couple of ways to tell these pests apart, such as:
While they have similar shapes and the same bristletails, firebrats usually have greyish-brown coloring, while silverfish are shiny and pearl-gray or even gray-blue. Silverfish can grow a little bigger than firebrats, and their antennae tend to be shorter than the length of a firebrat’s antennae.
Perhaps the biggest difference and the easiest way to differentiate between these two pests is the kind of temperatures they like. Firebrats, as their name suggests, are fond of hot temperatures and are heat-resistant enough to walk on furnaces, boilers, or hot water pipes. You’re most likely to find firebrats near furnaces, ovens, or other high-temperature areas in your home.
Silverfish like humid areas of your house, but they’re not a big fan of the heat. You’re more likely to find silverfish around leaky pipes or a damp basement. Silverfish like moisture, and they’ll hang around any part of your house with excess water, moisture, or humidity.
Do Silverfish In New Braunfels Bite?
Once you know you’re dealing with silverfish, there’s one question that a lot of homeowners have: "Do these pests bite, and are they dangerous to people?" While silverfish are easy to mistake for similar-looking venomous centipedes, the good news is that these pests aren’t known to bite people or carry any diseases.
Silverfish don’t like to be disturbed, and if you happen to run into them in your home, these pests often flee or scurry to safety. They’re not aggressive and shouldn’t be a danger to you, your family, or your pets. In fact, their weak jaws make it almost physically impossible to bite humans even if they wanted to—and their bristles aren’t sharp enough to sting or scratch you if you do manage to catch one.
The Damage Silverfish Can Do In Your New Braunfels Home
While they may not bite or carry diseases, that doesn’t mean silverfish can’t cause damage. Even if they’re not capable of hurting you, silverfish can harm your home and personal belongings. Silverfish feed on starch and carbohydrates, and their diet can include anything from the cereals in your pantry to wallpaper, books, and even photos. When they eat, silverfish make small holes in these items and may leave yellow staining behind too.
Even with small infestations, silverfish can still cause a lot of damage. Not only can they contaminate a large portion of the food in your pantry or cabinets, but they can also damage priceless personal belongings like old photo albums or cherished books.
What Should You Do If You Find Silverfish Your New Braunfels Home?
If you’re finding tiny holes or yellow stains on books, food, or other items in your home, there’s a good chance you have silverfish, even if you aren’t seeing these pests directly. Given how much damage these pests can cause to your personal belongings, there’s only one thing to do if you discover a silverfish infestation: call us at Gold Star Exterminators to get started with effective pest control treatments for silverfish.
We’ve got years of experience dealing with silverfish infestations of every size, and we can return your home to a silverfish-free zone. If you suspect you may have silverfish (or firebrats), don’t wait for these pests to damage your cherished belongings—contact us today at Gold Star Exterminators to learn more about what to do next!