How to get rid of silverfish – 8 great tips and solutions

Discover the most effective ways to get rid of silverfish from your home what causes them in the first place.

Silverfish are grayish blue harmless serpentine organisms found on the earth and can as well find their way into the house. They are unfriendly and unpleasant when in the house. They are notorious in eating books and other sugary substances they come across in the house. Silverfish do well in wet and similar to cockroaches, love dark places which can lead to a silverfish infestation. Because of the damages caused and their unpleasantness, it is important to treat silverfish. There are a number of strategies which can be employed in getting rid of these organisms including the following:-

Trapping them

Find out their resting place

Silverfish are hard to find during the day and can only be located from their excrement. This is what they leave behind when they damage books and starchy materials in the house. Isolate dark and damp areas in the house, then you will either find small holes on clothing or yellowish stains on the clothes. The holes and yellowish stains can also be found on cereals, cardboards and this will be an indication that they live around there. Finally they are known to shedding their skin, by following tiny parts of their skin, it will help in tracking and trapping them.  Silverfish go through 17 to 66 moults in their lifetimes overall [source]. After locating them, you can trap them with a homemade silverfish trap. Find out – are silverfish dangerous?

The homemade trap can be modified by wrapping its outside with a tape (masking) and then placing some pieces of bread in the container. The tape enables silverfish to climb and fall into the jar. The container is then left at some point where you had located silverfish. They will climb the glass and then fall into it in order to eat bread. As they fed more and more will be joining and when you come to check, you will find them inside and kill them. Remember, the inside of the glass will be slippery hence difficulty to escape.

Newspaper traps can also be used to get rid of silverfish. The newspapers can be wrapped together and one part tied with a rubber band. Moisten the other end and let the trap rest on the areas where you had located silverfish. They will come and feed on the newspapers and since the newspapers will provide food and shelter, they will eat and sleep there. The shelter and warmth of you home is what causes them to come inside in the first place.The following day throw the newspapers without unfolding them or you can burn them to get rid of silverfish.


Sticky traps

These are already made traps which can be accessed from a hardware store. The traps are made in such a way that they are sticky, a feature important in trapping these creatures called silverfish. The traps are put at specific points where the organisms hide especially in dark spots and wet areas in the house. When they start moving around at night, they will make their way onto the trap and they will stick there. Small pieces of starch or bread can be placed on the traps to act as bait. After trapping them, you can kill them with a lot of ease.

Use of repellants and insecticides

Chemicals can be used as another strategy of eliminating and extermination of silverfish from the house. There are many chemicals that are available in stores that can effectively help in getting rid of silverfish and may include:-

Diatomaceous earth

This is a food grade powdery substance which can be used in eliminating silverfish. It is best in killing many crawling organisms such as silverfish. Sprinkle the powder in the dark areas of the house such as cabinets and along the baseboards. Diatomaceous earth is characterized by sharp edges which if silverfish comes in contact, their exoskeletons is punctured thus killing them and you can then remove the dead silverfish. When applying diatomaceous earth, ensure that you use a mask as the powder may cause some negative effects to you. In a short period, all these organisms will be no more.

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Boric acid

This is another natural substance commonly used in getting rid of silverfish from the house. Boric acid is effective in killing both the eggs and mature silverfish. It is applied by sprinkling it in dark areas such as baseboards, bathroom, bathtub and other areas where you may have tracked them to. When the acid comes into contact with silverfish, it will kill them. It is recommended that boric acid be used carefully because if it is inhaled, it has negative effects to the lungs.

There are other sprays and chemicals which can be employed in killing silverfish including, lavender spray, spice sachets, cedar shavings, and liquid pyrethrin among others. Remember, the chemicals used in eliminating silverfish may vary from place to place as their use is normally regulated. This is because some may cause adverse effects to people hence professionals may be need to apply them. Go through the label of any chemical you want to buy for killing silverfish to understand the procedure and any associated risks.

Prevent silverfish from coming back to the house

After the above procedures of getting rid of silverfish, it is important to prevent their return. This can be achieved in the following ways:-

Dehumidifying the house

Silverfish love damp places and if this wetness continues, chances are that after killing them they will return soon. Reducing humidity in the house is a sure way of preventing them from resurfacing. Get a humidifier and use it in reducing humidity or use the air conditioner or keep the fan on most of the times. This will automatically reduce wetness in the house thus prevent silverfish from returning.

Remove silverfish food from the floor

Food, books and any other materials that form food for silverfish must be cleared from the floor. Never pile books on the floor and dirty clothes on the floor as they are likely to attract silverfish. Keep foods in sealed containers made from plastic rather than wood. Old wallpapers must be replaced in order to prevent silverfish from returning and if you are in possession of old clothes or out of date clothes, place them in plastic bags in order to prevent invasion by silverfish.

Vacuum your house

Vacuuming your house will reduce the food for silverfish and also suck silverfish eggs from the carpet and any other place where they may be deposited thus denying them a good environment to flourish

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