Something Eating Your Bathroom Wallpaper? You May Have Silverfish

Silverfish are a silvery color and they run quickly so they can be hard to detect. Their favorite place to live is in areas that have high humidity, which includes bathrooms, attics, and basements. They will feed on many things, such as wallpaper, clothing, glue, and books, causing damage. Keep reading to learn what you can do to get them out of your home. 

Things You Can Do

There are some things you can do to keep silverfish out. First, reduce the moisture in your bathroom by installing a fan and running it every time you shower or bathe. This will keep moisture out of the air so the moisture will not build up on countertops and other areas. Check plumbing pipes to make sure there are no leaks and repair any faucets that have a drip. 

You should always keep your bathroom door open to allow air to get into the room to help keep it dry. If the bathroom has a window, open it for an hour or so after you shower. Do not leave wet towels hanging in the bathroom and wipe the bathroom down if you see any kind of moisture on surfaces. Try to take shorter showers; this will not only help with the silverfish problem but can also save you money on your water bill.  

You also need to seal all cracks and repair any damage inside and outside your home. For outside, inspect the foundation, siding, doors, and windows for cracks. Silverfish are tiny and can get in very easily in a tiny opening. Keep paper products out of the bathroom. Store rolls of toilet paper in a plastic container until you are ready to use them. Do not leave books or magazines in the bathroom. 

Contact a Pest Control Company

Contact a pest control company to help you kill the silverfish in your bathroom. They have insecticides they will spray that will kill silverfish very quickly. There are also traps they can set that the silverfish will be drawn to. These traps may have a liquid poison inside that the silverfish will eat and then die. 

The pest control contractor can also help determine how the silverfish are getting in so you can make repairs. They will inspect your bathroom to see if there are any other changes you can make to help. They may need to come back a second time in about a week or so to spray again to ensure all the silverfish are gone. This is just in case there were any eggs that hatched. 

Contact a local pest control service to learn more.