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Perimeter Invader Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Perimeter Invaders In Your Home

Have you been noticing more bugs than usual in your home? It could be that you have perimeter invaders. Perimeter invaders are pests that are outside of your home but have found a way to enter through small cracks and crevices around windows, doors, pipes, and other openings. Common types of perimeter invaders that we deal with include silverfish and moths. Here at Gannon Pest Control, we have extensive experience eliminating perimeter invaders. Our team is trained to identify the source of these pests, remove them from your home, and prevent re-infestation. Read on to learn more about silverfish and pest control services in Syracuse.

Frequently Asked Questions About Perimeter Invaders

What are perimeter invaders?

Perimeter invaders are pests that usually live and breed outside rather than inside but can come indoors when the weather turns too cold or hot, seeking shelter and food. The ones we deal with most often are silverfish and moths. Silverfish are silvery-gray and shiny wingless insects with three long filaments at the rear of their bodies. Moths can be brown, gray, or white in color and have wings that are covered with scales. These pests are both nocturnal, so you may not see them during the day.

Silverfish on a bathroom vanity

Are perimeter invaders dangerous?

Silverfish and moths are generally harmless to humans, but they can cause damage to your property. Moths and silverfish in your house will feed on natural fibers, so they can cause damage to clothing, curtains, wallpaper, books, and other items. Silverfish are also known to eat certain types of starch glue that is used in bookbinding or adhering wallpaper. In short, while perimeter invaders are usually considered nuisance pests, their presence can lead to costly damage, so you should take steps to remove them.

Why do I have a perimeter invader problem?

Perimeter invaders are attracted to humid environments with lots of moisture. If your home has a damp basement or attic, that could be the source of your perimeter invader problem. Silverfish and moths also like to eat starchy materials, so if you have stored books, newspapers, or cardboard boxes in the area, they may be drawn to those items as well. Another cause of silverfish and moth infestation is cracks and gaps in the foundation of your home that allow them access from outside.

Where will I find perimeter invaders?

Silverfish tend to collect in moist, dark places like basements, attics, bathrooms, crawl spaces, and kitchens. They hide in cracks and crevices behind cabinets and appliances or anywhere else that is dark and damp. You may also see them in areas where food or books are stored. Check for signs of silverfish activity, such as little black specks (excrement) or yellowish stains on walls and fabrics that are caused by their oily secretions.

Moths, on the other hand, can be found in areas where natural fabrics are stored, such as closets and drawers. They lay their eggs on fabrics or other materials that they feed on. You may see little holes in clothing, carpets, curtains, or wallpaper that were caused by moth larvae feeding. If you suspect a  moth or silverfish infestation, Gannon Pest Control can help you to identify and remove these pests from your home.

How do I get rid of perimeter invaders?

While there are some DIY methods for dealing with perimeter invaders, it’s best to contact a professional pest control company for assistance. Gannon Pest Control offers a full range of services for perimeter invader removal and prevention. Our experts will inspect your property and determine the best way to get rid of silverfish and moths from your home. We also offer prevention services that can help to keep silverfish away in the future. Contact us today for more information about our home pest control and commercial pest control services.

How can I prevent perimeter invaders in the future?

There are several steps you can take to prevent an infestation:

  • Keep your home dry and well-ventilated. Fix any leaking pipes or plumbing fixtures to prevent moisture buildup.
  • Regularly inspect your home for points of entry, such as cracks in windows or doors, and seal them off with caulk.
  • Reduce clutter so silverfish and moths don’t have anywhere to hide.
  • Store food items in airtight containers.
  • Vacuum regularly and dispose of the vacuum bag immediately.

If you have perimeter invaders, Gannon Pest Control can help you eliminate them from your home. Our experienced technicians are experts in getting rid of silverfish and moths safely and effectively. Contact us today to learn how our silverfish and moth pest control services can help you.

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