How to Get Rid of Silverfish

Silverfish, pests, pest infestation, pest control

How to Get Rid of Silverfish

No one wants to share their home with someone who isn’t invited.

While having unwanted house guests is bad, there is truly nothing worse than having bugs in your home. An infestation of any bug is bad news but some insects are worse than others. SIlverfish is just one example of one of the worst, most annoying, most determined bugs around. Once they determine that they want to live in your house, it can be exceedingly hard to get rid of them.

Getting rid of silverfish may take some work but it’s always absolutely worth it. 

What Is A Silverfish?

Silverfish are nocturnal bugs that become household pests. Their name comes from their hue, which is silvery gray. They’re also recognized for their tapering tails and antennae, which give them a fish-like movement. They travel swiftly and prefer to burrow in dark spots, so they can typically outrun predators.

Silverfish are quite safe to people, although their excrement can damage books, old documents, wallpaper, rugs, and clothing. They also like to live in unsealed pasta, oat, and cereal boxes. In other words, there are plenty of ways to attract silverfish. But how do you get rid of them once they have found their way into your home?

How To Get Rid of Silverfish

Seal Up Your Food

Leaving out food is just asking for a silverfish infestation. They are attracted to food, just like any animal. This means that if you leave out any type of food, silverfish will find their way into the house. You don’t have to necessarily throw away exposed food, just make sure it’s covered up.

Items such as pasta, cereal, rice, sugar, and pet food are very attractive to silverfish. You should make sure that you always place those foods in sealed bags or compartments or containers when you are done using them.

Limit Humidity

Silverfish, like many other bugs, love humid and moist locations. You can eliminate the threat of these insects by using a dehumidifier to get rid of the excess humidity in the air.

Which areas are most humid in your house? If your home is like many others, your attic or basement may be the most comfortable for silverfish. A bathroom is another location that can get quite damp and humid and seem welcoming to the bugs.

Fix leaking pipes, fill exterior cracks, and make sure your home is as dry as possible, especially in the humid and warm summer months.

Throw Out That Clutter

Bugs, especially silverfish, love a home that isn’t properly cleaned. They feel so comfy in a place that is filled with old newspapers, magazines, rugs, and other random junk. Think of all the hiding places that are created when you don’t clean your home. All those dark, humid, secure spots that silverfish can thrive in.

When you keep your home tidy, you are lessening the chances of silverfish in the nooks and crannies of your house. It only takes a few moments but it’ll ensure that your house is only filled with those you have invited.