If you’ve ever noticed a silverfish infestation in your home, you might be wondering where they come from. Luckily, there are several practical steps you can take to stop these little critters.
First, check your home for any cracks or gaps. Silverfish tend to enter homes through these small areas. A professional pest control service will help you identify and fix these problems.
Next, store items in airtight containers. In particular, if you store paper products, such as books or magazines, in your attic, basement, or other unfinished areas of your home, ensure they’re in airtight bins.
Lastly, you can try using cedar shavings to repel silverfish. You can either place them in cloth sachets and leave them on shelves, or simply place them in the stockings you keep in your closet.
Using a dehumidifier will reduce humidity in your home and discourage silverfish. Using diatomaceous earth (a powder made from fossilized algae) can also be effective. Boric acid can be used in diluted form as a home fragrance.
Ultimately, you should call a licensed pest control company if you discover a silverfish infestation. These professionals will work with you and your landlord to remove the silverfish and eliminate any hiding places.
Once you’ve identified the silverfish problem, you can prevent the infestation from coming back. Silverfish are primarily attracted to moist areas. The most common areas they inhabit are in bathrooms, kitchens, attics, and basements.
Another way to control silverfish is to regularly dust your home. Silverfish are wingless creatures that are about 1/2 inch long. They have a fish-like appearance and feed on starch, protein, and cellulose.