Silverfish are not known to bite humans or pets, but they can do a lot of damage to your home. They are also known to be good at destroying paper goods, old family albums, and even your old photos. However, you can prevent an infestation with these nocturnal insects.
To get rid of silverfish, you may consider some traditional pest control methods or you could try a little DIY. Depending on the extent of the infestation, a few things you can do are sealing cracks, reducing humidity, or dehumidifying the room.
You can use some essential oils, such as lemongrass or orange, to repel them. Just dilute them in a larger bottle of water and spray them in areas you think may attract silverfish.
It’s important to remember that silverfish are a nocturnal species, meaning they are only active at night. If you are experiencing a silverfish infestation, you should do everything you can to discourage them from coming back.
You can also use a sticky insect trap around the baseboards or the corners of your home. Alternatively, you can sprinkle diatomaceous earth along the walls, or in the sink. Leaving the solution overnight will kill off the silverfish.
In addition to reducing humidity, you should also clean out your house of any accumulated dust. Silverfish tend to stick to surfaces that are greasy or damp.
A good way to keep your home dry is to have a ventilation system. You can also use silica packets to remove excess moisture from the air.