ATLANTA — With the weather getting colder outside, you’re not the only one looking to get inside to stay warm.
Southerners are accustomed to oval-shaped bugs called silverfish, and according to the Macon Telegraph, they are especially common in the cooler months.
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“Silverfish like the dark. They hide during the day and avoid direct sunlight. If you move an object they are hiding in or under, they will dart out and find another dark hiding place,” WebMD said.
“These insects proliferate in moist environments, making the fall and winter seasons their time to thrive,” experts at Active Pest Control in Locust Grove told the newspaper.
The bugs don’t bite, but they are a nuisance. They can “contaminate food, cause damage around your home and stir up allergies,” the Telegraph said.
Silverfish can come into your home in “cardboard cartons, boxes, papers, and books that come from infested places,” WebMD said.
So how do you get rid of them? Here are a few ways:
- Seal food in airtight bags or containers.
- Vacuum your home on a regular basis
- Get rid of any standing water or dehumidify damp areas
- Fill any cracks in your home
- Clean out closets, cabinets and dust books
When all else fails you can also use insecticides to get rid of the nuisance bugs. Make sure to read the label because some insecticides can be harmful to pets and small children.
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