Silverfish are small and harmless, but unpleasant to have crawling around your home, especially in the dead of night.
In this article, you will learn a spectrum of techniques that will help you solve your silverfish problem, such as:
... and more!
Fortunately, silverfish don't pose a direct and serious health hazard to humans. However, their irksome presence can literally mean holes on the pages of your books, clothes, wallpapers, and everything starchy.
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Silverfish Control Solutions
Silverfish are prehistoric insects that have significantly withstood the test of time and have evolved within its species a high tolerance against a spectrum of commonly used chemical insecticides.
However, it doesn't mean that there isn't much you can do to control silverfish infestation.
Read more: Learn more about what attracts silverfish
Here's a video with several methods to get rid of silverfish and keep them away.
Dry Out Your Home
The best way to eliminate excess moisture is through the use of a dehumidifier.
Silverfish are common household pests that thrive in damp places. And in one way or another, your home will produce a significant amount of domestic moisture, which is considered as an open invitation for silverfish. They love high humidity.
This technique works best by placing dehumidifier units in key areas of your home that simultaneously produce and disperse significant amounts of moisture.
Best places to put a dehumidifier:
- Laundry room
In order to help your dehumidifier units work more efficiently, make sure that the aforementioned areas are well ventilated, such as a bathroom fan in your shower room.
More importantly, fix all leaky pipes in your home and redo necessary caulking.
De-Clutter Your Home
A house full of clutter provides a perfect breeding ground for small wingless insects that eat just about anything that is starchy.
Organize your books and other types of readable in clean dry shelves. Roll up and dispose of old newspapers immediately instead of just leaving them scattered in your study room. Clear your desk from all types of junk paper.
Check your basement from time to time and get rid of old cardboard boxes. Silverfish feast on these food sources which are most likely to get dumped in the basement.
And last but not the least, initiate a reconnaissance sweep in each bedroom to get rid of dirty laundry at least once a day. Apart from paper, silverfish are more than capable of eating through the hard fibers of your dirty clothes.
Store and Replace
Silverfish love old things. To keep them at bay, store anything you aren't using. For example, off-season clothing is a birthday cake for silverfish.
Instead of keeping unused wardrobe in an antique cabinet down in your basement, it's much better to store them in durable plastic bags or containers.
Wallpaper allows for some individuals personalized art in rooms without resorting to a more complex paint job. However, wallpaper also offers a tasty meal to silverfish.
Apart from bookbinding glue and the paper itself, silverfish also target wallpaper paste since it is basically made on modified starch. Old wallpaper is prone to being targeted by silverfish so it's best to replace it with a new one.
Better yet, go for paint.
Silverfish eat anything from dead skin and fallen hair to dead insects and dust. Vacuuming to eliminate silverfish is effective if you vacuum your house at least twice a week.
This technique helps eliminate easy food sources as well as the eggs of the insects which are usually scattered on carpets and baseboards.
It's also recommended to use different nozzle attachments appropriate in vacuuming certain silverfish sweet spots such as gaps along window and door sills as well as holes and cracks along walls and ceilings.