What are these pests?
House centipedes, earwigs, and silverfish are examples of pests that occasionally invade our homes. Since they aren't regular visitors like ants, when they do find their way inside, homeowners often have a tough time figuring out exactly what they are!
- Earwigs have a long slender body that is flattened from top to bottom. Earwigs have forcep-like appendages (cerci) that extend from the end of their abdomen. Most species of earwigs have wings, though most do not fly. These insects are associated with the old wives’ tale that they crawl into the ears of sleeping people to lay their eggs, but sleep soundly - there is no truth to the story!
- House centipedes are yellowish to dark brown. Centipedes have a flattened, elongated, segmented body. Each body segment has one pair of long thin, legs. Their first pair of limbs end in sharp claws and contain venom glands that they use to paralyze their prey and as a means of defense.
- The nicest way to describe the appearance of a silverfish is "interesting." Silverfish have antennae as long as their body, and their brown, carrot-shaped body is covered in silvery, metallic scales. Silverfish move quickly across surfaces using a wriggling, fish-like motion. Their most distinctive feature is their three “pronged” appendage extending off their hind end.
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Are these pests dangerous?
Like other pests, the insects discussed above are always unwelcome in our homes because it isn't where they belong. They belong outside in nature, not hanging out in your basement!
Though silverfish, house centipedes, and earwigs are not the sweetest looking creatures you will come across, the good news is that they don't pose a significant danger to you, your family, or your home. Some of the problems they do cause Alabama homeowners are described below:
- Earwigs produce an unpleasant odor and can contaminate stored items like flour, cereals, and bread.
- Silverfish can damage personal items by chewing on clothing, upholstery, and paper items stored in our homes. Like earwigs, they can also contaminate pantry items.
- House centipedes can bite people, and they inject their venom through their bites. Luckily house centipede bites are rare, and their venom isn't strong enough to affect a person.
Why do I have a problem with these pests?
House centipedes, earwigs, and silverfish are often referred to as occasional invaders because while they spend most of their lives outside, away from people, they do show up in our homes from time to time. Dry, hot weather conditions are what usually drive these pests indoors. Our houses offer them damp and cool areas to make themselves at home.
Where will I find these pests?
Earwigs, house centipedes, and silverfish all have high moisture needs and like to gather in places that provide them with damp living conditions.
Outside, earwigs, house centipedes, and silverfish hang out the moist dirt under leaf litter, landscaping ties, rocks, woodpiles, and fallen trees. The ground under flowerpots, trash cans, and compost bins are other spots where homeowners regularly discover these pests.
Inside our homes, these unwelcome houseguests gather in basements, under sinks, in utility rooms, underneath cardboard boxes, or behind wall voids, all places that provide them with their preferred environment.
How do I get rid of these pests?
When unsightly, unwanted visitors find their way into our homes, the best way to get them out and keep them out is by partnering with a professional. Trust our Birmingham pest professionals here at Pest Control Experts to provide you with the necessary services to maintain a property free of unwanted pests.
Since 2011 we have been protecting homes and the environment. We know that having insects and other pests in your home is frustrating; we want to make the process of eliminating these unsavory pests as easy and stress-free as possible. If you live in the Birmingham area and want eco-friendly pest exclusion and protection against earwigs, house centipedes, silverfish, and other common household pests, reach out to us today and learn about our residential and commercial pest control options!
How can I prevent these things in the future?
Use the following simple strategies and tips to deter unwanted houseguests from taking over your home.
- Make your property and house less inviting to pests with high moisture needs by repairing leaky pipes, keeping downspouts clear, and fixing dripping air conditioners or fixtures.
- Make sure your home is well-ventilated, and if necessary, use dehumidifiers to reduce excess moisture in the basement or crawl spaces.
- Take the time to rake leaves, mulch, and weeds back from your home's foundation.
- Use caulk to seal cracks that develop in your foundation.
- Make sure basement doors and windows are well sealed.
- Inspect things like flower pots, firewood, and cardboard boxes for hitchhiking critters before bringing the items into your home.
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