Silverfish are a kind of household pest that can cause serious damage to your property. They are nocturnal animals that can contaminate your food, books, clothing, and wallpaper.
These silver-segmented creatures are found all over the world. Their nymphs, or larvae, are lighter in color than the adults and lack a metallic shine. Eventually they will develop a dark metallic shine.
In areas with high humidity and damp conditions, silverfish are very common. They feed on sugars, starches, and polysaccharides. The female can lay eggs up to a month after her nymphs have finished developing.
During the day, silverfish are hidden in cracks and crevices. At night, they emerge to eat. When they eat, they leave behind a yellowish-colored stain.
Fortunately, you can eliminate silverfish by following an effective pest control plan. This can be done by using a professional pest removal service, or by eliminating them yourself.
First, you’ll need to find out where the silverfish are hiding. If they are inside the house, you can use diatomaceous earth to kill them. Sprinkle it in the places they are most likely to hide. Be sure to do this in a way that is safe for you and your pets.
Another option is to make a homemade trap. You can use textured tape to create a pitfall-style trap. Place it near the areas where you have seen silverfish.
Finally, you can spray lavender oil on walls and cupboards to repel them. Spices, such as cinnamon, are also known to ward off silver bugs.