Silverfish are wingless insects that gained their name from their fishlike shape and shiny, scale-covered bodies. They are nocturnal and typically inhabit moist, humid areas, which is why homeowners often need silverfish control in the bathroom, basement, attic, and/or garage. They don’t bite or sting but they have quite an appetite. Their diet mainly consists of carbohydrates, including starches and dextrin, which can unfortunately be found in paper, photos, some paints, plaster, book binding, glue, carpet, and clothing—i.e. your home presents a great feast!
Earwigs possess the infamous sharp forceps on their abdomens for defense and capturing prey. Contrary to popular belief, earwigs don’t actually crawl into people’s ears. Their main diet consists of small insects and decaying matter, not the insides of the human ear. However, earwigs can cause considerable damage to fruit and vegetable crops, which is why earwig control is often needed in the garden.
Crickets are known for their rhythmic chirping, and like their grasshopper cousins, have powerful hind legs for jumping. Unlike grasshoppers, crickets are only active during the night. They are omnivorous insects and are known to eat their own dead when no other food sources are available. Crickets won’t harm humans, but they feed on plants and seeds outside, and clothing, drapes, and upholstery inside the home. They are especially attracted to fabrics containing organic materials, like cotton. For these reasons, homeowners often require cricket control both inside and outside of the home.
Joshua’s Pest Control employs gentle but effective solutions to ensure that your home and family are safe while your pest problem is eliminated. If you need help with silverfish, earwig, or cricket control, please don’t hesitate to contact us.