When it comes to silverfish infestations, you need to be careful. The insects can be elusive. They have small, flat bodies, and can hide in dark corners.
Silverfish are generally found in areas with high humidity and moisture. You may find them lurking around your kitchen, or behind appliances. A small infestation can be hard to treat, but there are a few ways to keep them from invading your home.
First, you should try to eliminate the source of the infestation. Silverfish can be attracted to moisture, food, and a shelter. Using dehumidifiers can help reduce the amount of humidity in your home. If you can’t do that, you can place objects on the floor to prevent it from drying out.
Another option is to seal up containers that hold dry foods. Make sure to use ties to close bags of food tightly. Sealing containers also prevents the bugs from accessing the contents.
Alternatively, you can sprinkle a little diatomaceous earth around your baseboards. This is a white, crumbly powder that will destroy the outer waxy coat of the silverfish. It will also cause the insects to lose moisture and shut down their body.
Lastly, you can use a trap. This is a simple homemade solution. Just roll up newspapers and tie elastic bands to hold them in place.
If you’re worried about your pets, you can make your own traps. Bay leaves are a natural repellent that will work great. These contain oils that can be crushed into a fine powder. Place these around the area where you suspect silverfish are infesting.