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How to get rid of silverfish

Silverfish color

Silvery to gunmetal-colored, silver-gray, some with dark lines along the length of body.

Since we laid out the habitat of these silverfish in Mr. Little’s Classroom, we thought it would be nice to follow up with ways to get rid of them in the home.  

The thought of tiny little silver insects crawling all over your bathroom, pantry and closet can be enough to send you running to the phone to call pest control. While pest control can ensure that you are rid of these unwelcome guests, there are some steps you can take that can lighten your load of silverfish. Here are 5 ways to effectively get rid of silverfish from your home.

  1. Dry them out - Silverfish thoroughly enjoy wet areas. First, you will need to fix any leaking water around sinks, refrigerators or toilets. Any stagnant water will provide a nice breeding ground for silverfish. Use a humidifier in suspected areas to help remove excess water or damp areas.
  2. Offend their sense of smell - Another good remedy to remove silverfish is to place moth balls around areas where silverfish have been spotted. Silverfish can’t stand the smell of mothballs. Mothballs will not kill silverfish; rather serve as a deterrent from areas where they are placed. Spices such as sage, bay leaves and cloves also serve well as good repellants.
  3. Seal your food - Silverfish make their way into your pantry for carbohydrate sources, their favorite snack. Seal all of your cereals and grains in plastic containers with airtight lids.
  4. Clean up your mess - Vacuuming often can be a great way to get rid of any food crumbs or stuffs around your home. Vacuuming can also help remove egg clutches and prevent further silverfish infestations.
  5. Chemical power - Chemicals such as boric acid are common in killing silverfish. By spraying in areas that may be suspect to silverfish traffic, you can effectively get rid of silverfish. The use of powdered boric acid on top of sugary or starchy foods is an effective bait tactic.

Get rid of silverfish today

Like cockroaches, if you see one, there are sure to be more. To ensure that your home has been completely removed of silverfish, it is always best to contact pest control for a more thorough inspection. For more information on our silverfish removal services, contact us online or call 800-937-8398.

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