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Silverfish Bite – Some Facts and Misconceptions

Silverfish is one of those cosmopolitan insects that may not be as destructive as termites but is a nuisance just the same. Having silverfish manifestation can be a cause of alarm, as often than not these pests causes major damage in your home by eating priceless treasures such as photographs, your linen and cotton clothes and collection of books. Aside from than that these so called urban bugs also chew through walls and floors.

The silverfish also known as paramites, fishmoths and carpet sharks, can look pretty creepy in the sense because they resemble house centipedes. Unlike other pests like cockroaches, termites, rats, silverfish bugs are pests that people are not much aware. It is not surprising as these bugs only come out at night, its wingless and moves quickly and are often unnoticeable.

If you’re not sure if you’ve got these bugs at home, you may check if you have starchy objects that have yellowish stains, small holes as well as black pepper like feces. Chances are you do have these bugs residing in your house.

Aside from objects that are rich with sugar in them, it is not far from one’s mind to think if such creatures bite humans. The answer is no or they seldom do. The silverfish does not bite because first and foremost they can only chew their food. Their mandibles are too weak to bite humans that it can only remove the dead skin cells of your skin. Their three-prong tails can look menacing but in reality they have small mouths that are large enough for them to simply chew their way into something. They are more attracted to glue and other plant-based objects than you.

They are often mistaken as venomous centipedes but in reality they are actually creatures who are afraid of the light, whom we can say are anti-social creatures as they would rather be left in peace and runaway from you to be safe. They are also mistaken for other pest bites including but not limited to bites made by cricket, cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, and mosquitoes.

They do not affect humans per se, they can indirectly affect you and drive you berserk by eating something of value to you. On the other hand, people get bitten if you are able to pick these scaled-like creatures with something as soft as kleenex that they can easily allow their mandibles to work through it and defend themselves from your touch.

These creatures are swift and can easily hide in cracks on your floor or your walls. They are nocturnal creatures who enjoy darkness and work their way in the absence of any light. If you try to catch them, chances you might be hurt hitting the wrong spot and getting your hands or objects into these crevices. Most often than not, it is when you try to catch these pests that you hurt yourself more than them actually hurting you.

In the rare chance that these non-aggressive creatures do bite, you have to remember they are neither poisonous nor do they transmit disease. Their bodies do not carry any type of poison and neither do they have stingers and jaws to embed itself into you.

Another reason why they do not carry transmittable diseases is that they are fairly and relatively clean compared to the other insects that are in your house. They usually chew and munch food that are usually one’s left overs for the day.

But while the silverfish rarely bites humans and may not be poisonous, they can cause silverfish allergies. The 2007 study entitled “Protein and Peptide Letters” reported that silverfish bites is one of the three things that trigger silverfish allergies

The other two are by inhaling the house dust where there are silverfish allergens wherein their pests’ shed their silverfish scales and whose molten skins have mixed with household dust. These said mixture can be a threat to one’s health as they can cause silverfish allergy.

Symptoms of Silverfish allergies include episodes wherein the patients have allergic rhinitis and allergic bronchial asthma. Children are also susceptible to respiratory allergies from silverfish allergens if they are hypersensitive to these creatures. It can be a case to case basis as there are times that the child’s respiratory ailments may have been caused by other environmental conditions that surround the child.

Whether these silverfish bugs affects your health directly or destroy your things, you cannot change the fact that you have to eliminate these bugs. They reproduce very fast, and when you allow them to accumulate the damage in your house it may not just be costly for you some of the damage that they do may even be irreparable, especially if you are the type of person who values furniture of antiquity and books.

There are easy ways to get rid of these pests, but oftentimes these do-it-yourself traps and means can be taxing and needs to be repeated lots of times because they do not totally eradicate these silverfish bugs. Some of these so-called process to banish these bugs maybe harmful like Borac acid if your skin directly gets in contact with it and this Borac acid can be harmful to your pets as well.

It is best that you consult a pest exterminator as they will know how much damage these silverfish bugs have created and how you can eradicate them completely. These exterminators are experts to know how to totally get rid of these bugs as they will help you customized the effective ways according the damage done by these paramites.

And while waiting for them, you can start some preventive ways in order to make your house less appealing to these insects. What you can do is make sure your house is clean always. Remove excess water in places where these insects love to thrive and make sure there are no damp areas that may attract them. When it comes to food storage, make sure you don’t leave leftovers but if you do keep them in containers that are not easy penetrable and in cabinets that have natural repellants like sachets of spices.