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Getting Rid of Silverfish + How To Keep Them Away

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What are silverfish?

Silverfish, or lepisma saccharina, are small insects that have been around for millions of years. The name ‘silverfish’ originates from the silver color and fish-like movements of these pests.

Silverfish are a common pest in the home as they can find lots to eat here. Silverfish often eat polysaccharides, a substance that’s found in many objects including glues, paint, furniture and carpet fibres. These pests also like to eat high protein materials, for instance, wheat flour or cereals. Silverfish will bite holes in fabrics, including silk, cotton or linen. They thrive in humid and moist places and can live for as long as eight years. Silverfish regularly reproduce, it’s not uncommon for these pests to lay eggs daily, anywhere between 2 and 20 eggs.

silverfish in dark corner

How to prevent silverfish

For silverfish prevention, you should make sure that you store the food in your cupboards in tightly sealed containers. As well as this you should ensure that you thoroughly clean up food debris in your kitchen.

Look for small entrances to your home including any holes and cracks. Seal these entrances using caulk, so that silverfish and other pests cannot enter. As these pests thrive in humidity, you could try purchasing a dehumidifier if your home is particularly moist. Use fans and open windows to ventilate the air, particularly in your bathroom or kitchen. Since silverfish are attracted to objects containing adhesive, you can also remove these from your home where possible.

How to identify silverfish

Silverfish are shiny and silvery-grey in color. They are wingless, and their bodies are much like an upside-down tear-shape. They have a pointed tail end and a round head. A silverfish usually grows to between one inch and three-quarters of an inch. Though they are insects and not fish, they do have scales!

Most homeowners are alerted to a silverfish problem because they see them scurrying around. On some occasions, you may not see the silverfish, but find their scales on the floor. One of the most apparent indicators of a silverfish is the way these insects move. They move back and forth, a motion that resembles swimming.

Signs of silverfish

Silverfish are nocturnal, and they move very fast, this means that if you have an infestation it’s possible that you won’t actually see the silverfish. If you do spot a silverfish in your home, it doesn’t mean that there is definitely an infestation, it could be a random occurrence. However, if you are regularly spotting silverfish in your home, this means an infestation is likely.

Finding silverfish scales in your home is one sign that you have a silverfish infestation. Another sign is finding holes and notches on certain materials, such as on cardboard, linen or wallpaper. You might notice faeces which are minuscule black pellets that resemble peppercorns. Silverfish are also known to leave yellow stains on surfaces.

silverfish illustration

Treatment for silverfish

To get rid of silverfish in your home, you can apply a chemical-based insecticide solution. There are a number of these treatments available on the market, most of these are for insects in general, and some traps are specifically for silverfish. When you are applying a chemical treatment, ensure that you are careful when using close to the areas that you prepare food. If you have children or pets, you will need to be mindful and keep them away from these toxic substances.

To treat silverfish, you can also buy a dehumidifier for your home and attempt to reduce the moisture levels. You can do this by fixing any pipes that are leaking, getting rid of sources of standing water and airing out your attic.

Do silverfish bite?

Silverfish do not bite or sting, so you can tackle them in your home without fear of hurting yourself. Silverfish are not associated with carrying any diseases.

How to get rid of silverfish?

There are a few home remedies for silverfish that you can give a try. First up, try using cedar oil; you can mix a little with water and then spray around your home. Bay leaves are another useful ingredient to repel silverfish. Simply scatter the leaves around your kitchen and bathroom (you can even make them look rather decorative)! You can also use a small amount of boric acid, and dust it around the edges of your flooring.

Another home remedy for silverfish management is food-grade diatomaceous earth. It’s a type of powder made out of fossilized algae. You can sprinkle the earth in the cracks and crevices where silverfish might hide. The insects will become dehydrated and die as they attempt to move through this substance.

There are several insecticide products on the market which can get rid of silverfish. However, the quickest and easiest way to deal with an infestation is to call in a pest control company.

Do’s And Don’ts of Silverfish Prevention


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How can I remove silverfish naturally?

To remove silverfish naturally, you could try using some essential oils, (bugs, in general, tend to hate these)! Buy yourself some citrus oil and some lavender oil, dilute each with water and put the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the concoction in your bathroom, especially underneath and around the edges of your sink and shower. Spray in your kitchen, including behind and inside your cupboards.

 
Can I make my own silverfish traps?

Yes! There are a few ways you can make your own silverfish traps. First, take a newspaper, moisten it with water and then fix the ends together using elastic bands. Repeat the process with several newspapers and then leave these out around your home. You’ll find that silverfish will crawl inside the newspapers, the last step is to throw these in the outside trash or burn them.

The sticky jar method is another popular home-made trap for silverfish control. Fill a glass jar with water, bread and sugar, then apply masking tape around the jar. The tape will make it easy for the silverfish to crawl in, yet once they are inside, they will be stuck. If you prefer you can also purchase silverfish traps, including those which are natural with no chemicals. One example is the product called ‘Silverfish Ninja’.

Do I need pest control for silverfish?

Under many circumstances, yes, you will need pest control for silverfish. While there are home remedies, the problem is that silverfish infestations can be large. This is due to the number of eggs that they lay each day. Once you have an infestation, it may be difficult to locate all of the sources around your home. You may not be able to find where the eggs are laid (as these are always hidden in hard to reach places). A professional pest control company is your best bet in tackling an infestation fast and efficiently. If you’ve tried to get rid of this pest alone, and haven’t succeeded, it’s probably time to call in the professionals!

Getting Rid of Silverfish + How To Keep Them Away

silverfish on ground

Table of Contents

What are silverfish?

Silverfish, or lepisma saccharina, are small insects that have been around for millions of years. The name ‘silverfish’ originates from the silver color and fish-like movements of these pests.

Silverfish are a common pest in the home as they can find lots to eat here. Silverfish often eat polysaccharides, a substance that’s found in many objects including glues, paint, furniture and carpet fibres. These pests also like to eat high protein materials, for instance, wheat flour or cereals. Silverfish will bite holes in fabrics, including silk, cotton or linen. They thrive in humid and moist places and can live for as long as eight years. Silverfish regularly reproduce, it’s not uncommon for these pests to lay eggs daily, anywhere between 2 and 20 eggs.

How to prevent silverfish

For silverfish prevention, you should make sure that you store the food in your cupboards in tightly sealed containers. As well as this you should ensure that you thoroughly clean up food debris in your kitchen.

Look for small entrances to your home including any holes and cracks. Seal these entrances using caulk, so that silverfish and other pests cannot enter. As these pests thrive in humidity, you could try purchasing a dehumidifier if your home is particularly moist. Use fans and open windows to ventilate the air, particularly in your bathroom or kitchen. Since silverfish are attracted to objects containing adhesive, you can also remove these from your home where possible.

silverfish illustration

How to identify silverfish

Silverfish are shiny and silvery-grey in color. They are wingless, and their bodies are much like an upside-down tear-shape. They have a pointed tail end and a round head. A silverfish usually grows to between one inch and three-quarters of an inch. Though they are insects and not fish, they do have scales!

Most homeowners are alerted to a silverfish problem because they see them scurrying around. On some occasions, you may not see the silverfish, but find their scales on the floor. One of the most apparent indicators of a silverfish is the way these insects move. They move back and forth, a motion that resembles swimming.

Signs of silverfish

Silverfish are nocturnal, and they move very fast, this means that if you have an infestation it’s possible that you won’t actually see the silverfish. If you do spot a silverfish in your home, it doesn’t mean that there is definitely an infestation, it could be a random occurrence. However, if you are regularly spotting silverfish in your home, this means an infestation is likely.

Finding silverfish scales in your home is one sign that you have a silverfish infestation. Another sign is finding holes and notches on certain materials, such as on cardboard, linen or wallpaper. You might notice faeces which are minuscule black pellets that resemble peppercorns. Silverfish are also known to leave yellow stains on surfaces.

Treatment for silverfish

To get rid of silverfish in your home, you can apply a chemical-based insecticide solution. There are a number of these treatments available on the market, most of these are for insects in general, and some traps are specifically for silverfish. When you are applying a chemical treatment, ensure that you are careful when using close to the areas that you prepare food. If you have children or pets, you will need to be mindful and keep them away from these toxic substances.

To treat silverfish, you can also buy a dehumidifier for your home and attempt to reduce the moisture levels. You can do this by fixing any pipes that are leaking, getting rid of sources of standing water and airing out your attic.

Do silverfish bite?

Silverfish do not bite or sting, so you can tackle them in your home without fear of hurting yourself. Silverfish are not associated with carrying any diseases.

silverfish in dark corner

How to get rid of silverfish?

There are a few home remedies for silverfish that you can give a try. First up, try using cedar oil; you can mix a little with water and then spray around your home. Bay leaves are another useful ingredient to repel silverfish. Simply scatter the leaves around your kitchen and bathroom (you can even make them look rather decorative)! You can also use a small amount of boric acid, and dust it around the edges of your flooring.

Another home remedy for silverfish management is food-grade diatomaceous earth. It’s a type of powder made out of fossilized algae. You can sprinkle the earth in the cracks and crevices where silverfish might hide. The insects will become dehydrated and die as they attempt to move through this substance.

There are several insecticide products on the market which can get rid of silverfish. However, the quickest and easiest way to deal with an infestation is to call in a pest control company.

Do’s And Don’ts of Silverfish Prevention

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FAQ About Silverfish

How can I remove silverfish naturally?

To remove silverfish naturally, you could try using some essential oils, (bugs, in general, tend to hate these)! Buy yourself some citrus oil and some lavender oil, dilute each with water and put the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the concoction in your bathroom, especially underneath and around the edges of your sink and shower. Spray in your kitchen, including behind and inside your cupboards.

Can I make my own silverfish traps?

Yes! There are a few ways you can make your own silverfish traps. First, take a newspaper, moisten it with water and then fix the ends together using elastic bands. Repeat the process with several newspapers and then leave these out around your home. You’ll find that silverfish will crawl inside the newspapers, the last step is to throw these in the outside trash or burn them.

The sticky jar method is another popular home-made trap for silverfish control. Fill a glass jar with water, bread and sugar, then apply masking tape around the jar. The tape will make it easy for the silverfish to crawl in, yet once they are inside, they will be stuck. If you prefer you can also purchase silverfish traps, including those which are natural with no chemicals. One example is the product called ‘Silverfish Ninja’.

Do I need pest control for silverfish?

Under many circumstances, yes, you will need pest control for silverfish. While there are home remedies, the problem is that silverfish infestations can be large. This is due to the number of eggs that they lay each day. Once you have an infestation, it may be difficult to locate all of the sources around your home. You may not be able to find where the eggs are laid (as these are always hidden in hard to reach places). A professional pest control company is your best bet in tackling an infestation fast and efficiently. If you’ve tried to get rid of this pest alone, and haven’t succeeded, it’s probably time to call in the professionals!