Silverfish are small, nocturnal insects with silvery scales. They have two antennae and three tail like appendages. The female lays up to 3,500 eggs.
They are not poisonous. Nevertheless, they can cause damage to fabrics, wallpaper, photos, and other materials in your home. It is also common to find them in bathrooms, attics, sub-floors, and basements.
Silverfish prefer to live in dark, moist areas, such as under floors and closets. However, they are able to thrive in virtually any climate. Their diet is varied, including proteins, carbohydrates, and sugars.
Silverfish are nocturnal, so they are most active at night. When they are active, they will travel to areas with moisture. To help prevent silverfish, make sure that your house is clean and dry. If you do see silverfish, vacuum the area to remove their eggs. You can also apply boric acid to cracks in your bathroom or kitchen.
Using sticky traps is another effective method. A sticky trap is made by using a cardboard base and a thin layer of sticky glue. Place the trap in an area where silverfish usually congregate.
You can also trap silverfish with essential oils. Some of the most popular oils are lavender and citrus. Dilute the oils in a larger bottle of water. Alternatively, you can spray them in areas where silverfish are commonly found.
You can also try a homemade trap. Simply roll up a newspaper and use elastic bands to secure it. Alternatively, you can use masking tape.