Silverfish are fish-shaped insects with silvery scales covering their bodies. They are ½ to ¾ of an inch in size. Signs of infestation include feeding marks, yellow stains and black, pepper-looking feces on food sources such as wallpaper, labels and envelops. They can be found almost anywhere inside residential and commercial structures. They prefer room temperature areas with high humidity. If you identify silverfish at your property, a professional inspection followed by the necessary treatment should be done to eliminate the infestation.
Springtails derive their name from the spring-like structure that allows them to jump. They are nuisance pests that prefer high moisture areas where they can feed on decaying vegetation, bacteria, pollen, algae and the like. Since they are in search for moisture, Springtails often make their way into bathrooms, kitchens and crawl spaces as well as potted plants. Outdoors, they may be found in damp areas such as mulch, leaf piles and logs. If Springtails are found, the best way to remove them is to dry out the area of infestation, after which they will leave or die. If the area cannot be dried, then the appropriate pesticide should be applied.
Scorpions are a nuisance pest that requires medical attention if stung. They are two to four inches long, with a stinger at the end of their tail-like structure. Scorpions are found primarily in the Southwest and Southern regions of the United States. They hunt their prey at night (other insects such as crickets or cockroaches), and during the day hide under rocks, logs and debris, or inside burrows and sandboxes. Indoors, scorpions may be lurking in attics, in bathrooms to find water, or even in folded up clothes and blankets. A scorpion infestation is controlled by removing materials where they could hide, damp environments, their food source and may require pesticide application.