Those damn silverfish.
They eat up your wall paper and curtains, chew holes in all your clothes, and even destroy your family photos.
Worse, it seems like no matter what you do, they refuse to die.
So how do you get rid of them? Poison? Hell no, not unless you’re okay with poisoning your family as well.
Luckily, there’s a better way. In a series of 4 simple steps, you can quickly vanquish those suckers from your home forever, no chemicals required. And in this article I will show you exactly how to do it.
The Traditional Silverfish Cures, and Why They Suck
Most commercial insecticides contain a chemical called propoxur. While it will kill any existing silverfish, it won’t kill the eggs.
Adding to that, the obvious fact that it’s POISON, leaves most of us wishing for a better alternative.
2. Over-the-Counter Poisons
Borax, diatomaceous earth, and mothballs are 3 common over-the-counter silverfish treatments that are known to be somewhat effective. But they’re all far from perfect.
- Borax is toxic to humans. Plain and simple.
- Mothballs smell horrific. Silverfish cannot stand the smell, and unfortunately neither can we.
- Diatomaceous earth is up for debate. Some sources say that food grade diatomaceous earth is safe. Others say it is dangerous in any form.
None of these solutions sound safe. Especially when there are plenty of natural alternatives just as effective.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
The 4 Step Plan to Living Silverfish-Free
1. Eliminate their Food Source
Silverfish like starchy foods. So remove the ALL of the following:
- old newspapers in the garage
- cardboard boxes and anything made of paper
- openly stored foods such as cereal, rice, flour, and sugar
Ok, you’re off to a good start. But it’s not enough. The fact is, silverfish can live for up to a year with no food, so there’s still more work to be done.
2. Create a Hostile Environment
Silverfish like areas that are damp, dark, and cool. So let’s give ’em the opposite: a place that’s dry, warm, and bright.
Start by eliminating their water.
- Get a dehumidifier to dry out the air (a must-have for basements)
- Fix leaky faucets
- Use silicone caulk to seal up cracks
Make sure you really look in ALL of the the following areas:
- Next to Water heaters
- Laundry rooms
- Inside Closets
Next, turn on the lights. Not forever, just for the next week or so in the infested rooms.
As a final nail in the coffin, if you can, crank up the heat in those rooms as well.
Will this be enough? Maybe…but just in case it isn’t, let’s continue…
3. Use Natural Silverfish Repellents
Supposedly there are a number of natural scents that silverfish find particularly offensive. And they’re all common household items.
Combine them into a sachet such as this one and hang one up in each the main problem areas.
How effective are they? Some people claim they work wonders, yet so far, there’s little scientific study to back it up.
But since all of these items are both safe and cheap, what’s harm in trying?
If it turns out that the silverfish in your household are particularly stubborn, one final step remains.
4. Trap Them
There’s a good reason why traps must come last. It does no good to set traps in a room that’s friendly to silverfish, because there will just be more of them later.
So complete the other 3 steps first. Then, when you’re ready, here’s a good video on Youtube that I found which explains how to build them:
Pretty simple, right?
Cool, well that’s pretty much it…
Remember that you don’t need poison! You’re family’s health is way more important than getting rid of a few pesky insects…especially when you don’t have to choose between one or the other. Just follow the 4 steps as I outlined them and your household should soon be both silverfish and poison free. 🙂