How to Prevent Silverfish
Silverfish are not the worst thing that could happen in your home as far as infestations are concerned. There are plenty of more disgusting creepy crawly things you could be dealing with. Silverfish are actually pretty harmless as they do not bite or harm humans in any way. They do, however, enjoy munching on other things such as clothes, books, carpets, curtains, photographs and even sugar or coffee, if they can get to it. Needless to say, you definitely don’t want your entire house – bathroom, kitchen, living room and all over – be run by these serpentine insects. So here are some things you can do prevent them from moving into your home in the first place:
- Take care of any moisture issues in your home.
- Keep things tidy.
- Find out what substances silverfish hate and use them.
- As a last resort, use chemicals.
Unless we’re talking about a large-scale infestation that for one reason or another has really gotten out of hand, it should be relatively easy to make sure silverfish don’t infest your home or business. Just remember:
Silverfish love moisture.
You should try to eliminate as much moisture as you possibly can to deter silverfish from deciding to nest. Bathrooms are generally the wettest rooms in the house for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean nothing can be done to reduce the amount of moisture in them. Use a dehumidifier. Consider installing a better bathroom fan. Seal cracks or crevices around the bathroom with plaster to prevent silverfish from entering and/or laying their eggs there. You should also take care to remove any piles of leaves or other debris you might have laying around outside your home to prevent silverfish from taking an interest in your property.
Speaking of piles of debris: keep your house tidy.
Don’t leave piles of clothes, books or toys lay around. Vacuum a lot. Clean up crumbs and keep dry food in containers with tightly sealed lids. Get rid of those old cardboard boxes in the basement, and store off-season clothing in sealed bins somewhere dry.
There are plenty of non-chemical substances silverfish can’t stand; use them to your advantage.
Cedar shaving are one of these substances. Silverfish can apparently not take the scent of them very well, and tend to steer clear of them. The same goes for citrus fruits and pretty much any stronger herb. So take a few leaves of, say, sage, and put them around the places you’ve seen the silverfish. Bonus point: you’ll probably enjoy the scent yourself!
If all else fails, use chemicals.
Boric acid has an interesting effect on silverfish…on one hand, they are drawn to it, but once they consume it it kills them. All you really need to do is sprinkle a li9ttle bit of it where you’ve seen any silverfish and let it work its magic. Watch out for pets and small children though, as boric acid is a toxic substance. Mothballs are one of the few things silverfish will not eat, and that actually repels them. Again, however, you should make sure they are out of the reach of small children and pets.
Preventing silverfish is really quite simple; all you need is to keep things tidy and clean, and you will never have to worry about it.