Have you seen some yellowish stains in some of your clothes lately? Or have you noticed some holes on your walls and books? If you said yes to these questions then there’s a possibility that these objects may have been eaten by silverfish bugs.
The silverfish or fishmoth is a wingless bug that is generally harmless but it is definitely something that you do not want to have in your house. Oftentimes silverfish infestation would be seen in different ways as these insects often destroy your old photos, eat the pages of your books and eat its glue book bindings. When it comes to personal clothing, the silverfish leaves holes in your cotton and linen clothes.
There are several ways to get back at these said insects and control silverfish infestation, the first thing you should do is know where to look for them.
Since these bugs are nocturnal in nature, do not expect to see any of them on broad daylight. These insects leave their black pepper-like excrement located in dark and wet areas in kitchens, room attics, laundry rooms and bathrooms. Oftentimes you would only be aware of them with what they leave behind like their feces. But aside from these insects excrement, there are other things that these insects leave behind that would provide you clue of their whereabouts.
Silverfish is an insect that loves eating objects that are high in protein, sugar and carbohydrates. Sometimes they also leave little holes and yellowish stains on cereal boxes, cardboards, clothing materials, and even wall paper as they love starchy materials, dead skin cells or books and just like real serpents that shed their tiny skin casts in basements and restrooms where they more or less live.
Getting rid of silverfish can be easy. Here are some general and easy ways to prevent these insects from coming back to your home.
1. Spic n Span. Make sure that your house is free from clutter and are clean and dry. This is one of the easiest ways to get rid of the silverfish.
2. No old papers allowed – Make sure you throw old newspapers, cardboard boxes and unwanted printing materials that are not of use to you. Most of the time books and magazines have silverfish eggs. So it is better to get rid of them to automatically get these pests out of your house.
3. Natural Silverfish Killers – Lightly dust off books using boric acid or lavender or rosemary detergents. You can also use boric Acid under the bathtub and baseboards were some silverfish damages can be seen. Though it is an effective silverfish and silverfish eggs-killer, be sure not to use them where your pets can easily go to it, nor should you be careful when using it. Avoid inhaling this natural substance during application as it could be deadly to your lungs.
4. Newspaper traps – Newspaper Traps are easy to do silverfish traps that you can create yourself. First thing you do is roll up these sheets of paper and tie them with elastic bands in the end. Wet the said sheets and leave it in places where you have seen those holes, yellow stains and silverfish excrement. Leave it overnight and by morning expect that these silverfish insects have already eaten most parts of the said paper for it have both provided them both food and a cozy shelter the night before. Once you get a chance to get rid of this roll of papers, the best thing to do is go to an area where you can burn this newspaper.
5. Spice them up. These saccharine-lover insects hate the smell of spices. Having this in mind, create small and individual sachets made of spices like cloves and cinnamon and place these strong-smelling spices in places like cupboards and kitchen cabinets. This is one of the best way to make sure that these insects do not get near your food.
6. Caulk, Cracks and Crevices. Oftentimes, silverfish eggs are located in cracks and crevices of your house. In order to keep the silverfish out, apply caulk to seal them especially the holes in walls or floors of your kitchen, bathroom and other places that have dark areas.
7. Citrus and Cucumber. Organic citrus sprays and cucumbers repel silverfish bugs by their respective scents. While Organic Citrus sprays are made to specifically kill these types of bugs, cucumbers simply just repel them.
8. Dehydrating Diatomaceous. The Diatomaceous earth (food grade) is a white powder that kills bugs like silverfish by dehydrating them to death. To ensure that these insects die, make sure that the Diatomaceous earth is dry. Once you’ve ensure that, simply dust areas where you think they hide in and let them just walk through it. The good thing about this is that, unlike Boric acid Diatomaceous earth is safe for people and pets as it is non-toxic.
9. Reduce Humidity – Silverfish bug loves places with 75 to 95 % humidity, so if you can reduce humidity to 50% using dehumidifiers and fans then that will help prevent silverfishes from thriving in that place.
Silverfish made not structurally create major damage at the onset, but just like any infestation one must address it immediately as possible. These bugs reproduce quickly and are quite intrusive little buggers that if left untreated they may cause costly damage to your home. Make sure you have to change the conditions of your house in order not to make them less appealing for these insects. However, when choosing the best way to get rid of them is to use natural ways and means that are not only effective in getting rid of them but it must be safe for you and your pets.
Getting rid of these pests may take some time to totally eliminate them. Try as much as many methods as you can as they may produce different results. But while you are doing these methods, make sure you always keep your house clean to prevent re-infestation and prevent these silverfish for staying there.