Silverfish are a common household pest. They tend to live in damp, dark areas of homes. Fortunately, they aren’t dangerous and can’t carry diseases. But in large numbers, they can become a nuisance. To get rid of a silverfish infestation, you can use a few simple tactics.
In addition to removing silverfish from your home, you should also try to prevent them from entering in the first place. This is especially important if you live in a damp area.
The best way to keep silverfish away is to make sure that there are adequate ventilation in your home. If you have any gaps or cracks, fill them with caulk. Also, make sure that your windows and doors are properly sealed.
When it comes to food, you should store dry items in airtight containers. You should also ensure that your clothing is stored in a dry place.
Another effective way of preventing silverfish is to apply cedar oil to your baseboards, closets and other infested areas. Cedar oil is an all natural, non-toxic repellent that kills many types of pests. It can be used as a spray or mixed with water to spray on infested areas.
Silverfish are attracted to glue, old newspaper and paper. For this reason, you should clean your house weekly.
You can also sprinkle salt in areas where you have noticed moisture. However, a salt solution is only effective for a short period of time.
While there are some things you can do on your own to keep silverfish out of your home, it may be beneficial to seek the help of a professional. Typically, pest control professionals will remove a silverfish infestation once you have confirmed that it is present.