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Silverfish & Earwigs

What are silverfish and earwigs?

Silverfish are about ½ to ¾ of an inch long with a tapered, "fish-shaped" body, long antennae, and three appendages that look like tails with bristles. These metallic-looking insects are wingless and cannot fly.

Earwigs are about ¼ to 1 inch long with pincers, tiny wings, and dark brown coloring. Although they have wings, they rarely fly.

silverfish near a book in home

Are silverfish and earwigs dangerous?

Neither silverfish nor earwigs are considered dangerous pests but instead are known as nuisance pests because they are not known to transmit diseases or bring other health concerns into the homes they infest. While this is the case, you'll still want to avoid touching these pests with bare hands because handling them can cause skin irritation, and earwigs can bite, although it is not likely to break the skin.

Why do I have a silverfish and earwig problem?

Silverfish and earwigs are not usually a problem for homeowners year-round, unlike other pests. Instead, they become an issue in the fall when they search for a warm place to overwinter. Sometimes, heating systems can trick these pests into thinking it is spring so that they will come out of overwintering, and you will see them around your home more. 

Where will I find silverfish and earwigs?

Both silverfish and earwigs look for similar places to hide, usually in a damp, dark, and warm environment. You may find silverfish and earwigs underneath rocks, logs, leaf litter, and other organic debris outside. They usually gravitate towards garages, basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and similar locations inside.

How do I get rid of silverfish and earwigs?

To get rid of silverfish and earwigs in your home, you can rely on our expert technicians at Texas Termite Terminators. Our Houston residential pest control services offer ongoing protection against these pests once we have eliminated them.

To best understand the pest pressures you are experiencing, we provide a free inspection of your property. During this inspection, one of our technicians will identify conducive conditions, entry points, harborage areas, and pest hot spots. Using inspection findings, your technician will implement the right pest treatments and methods to get rid of active pests and prevent future ones.

Learn more about the home and commercial pest control services we offer and get your free inspection by contacting Texas Termite Terminators today.

How do I prevent silverfish and earwigs in the future?

Want to keep silverfish and earwigs from infesting in the future? You can do this by using these simple, but effective prevention tips:

  • Eliminate moisture buildup inside and outside by repairing leaks, ensuring proper ventilation, and removing organic debris from the yard and gutters.

  • Make your property less attractive by keeping it organized and free of unnecessary clutter. It would help if you did this on the interior and exterior of your home to eliminate harborage areas and make it easier to keep clean.

  • Remove any potential entry points by repairing weaknesses in your home's exterior, such as damaged screens and weatherstripping, cracks in the foundation, and other gaps that allow pests to get inside.

  • Call us at Texas Termite Terminators if you want to keep your home pest-free. We provide the best treatments and pest control services for Houston residents

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