How To Prevent And Remove Silverfish

Silverfish are a common household pest that, despite their name, more closely resemble a cockroach or millipede than any type of aquatic animal. Silverfish are particularly nasty, as they eat paper and fabric throughout your home, which can cause damage to your carpeting and furniture if left unchecked. Thankfully, there are a number of steps that you can take to prevent silverfish from inhabiting your house, and removing them if they ever do manage to get inside.

Silverfish Prevention

In order to prevent silverfish from infesting your home, there are a number of steps that you can take.

Firstly, you should invest in a dehumidifier, and run it throughout the day in rooms that suffer from high levels of humidity, like the kitchen or bathroom. Silverfish are attracted to moisture, and reducing the overall humidity levels throughout your home can make it less attractive to them.

Secondly, you should ensure that your food is securely stored away in locked containers or the fridge. While silverfish will eat paper and fabric, they are also attracted to regular food, as are other types of pests. Keeping food locked away is a good way to avoid an infestation in general.

Finally, you should vacuum dark and tucked away corners of your home, such as under appliances and in the back of cupboards. These are ideal places for silverfish to lay eggs, and vacuuming them up can help prevent a population from developing, as well as removing crumbs of food and paper which may serve as a food source and attract adult silverfish.

Silverfish Removal

If you do have a silverfish infestation in your home, you should take steps immediately to eradicate their population.

Firstly, silverfish are repelled by strongly smelling spices like cinnamon. You can sprinkle small amounts of cinnamon throughout your home, especially in dark damp environments, to draw silverfish out into the open where you can kill them.

Secondly, you can sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your home. This type of earth looks like flour, but is made up of ground up minerals which are toxic to silverfish; if they come into contact with it, they'll die.

Finally, you can make use of a pest extermination chemical to remove silverfish from your home. There are a number of different options available on the market, each of which works in a different way, so it's best to contact a professional, such asEagle Pest Eliminators, if you want to go with this option. A professional exterminator will be able to apply chemicals properly so that silverfish are completely eradicated from your house.