Silverfish are wingless insects, thought to have been around for 400 million years. They feed on a variety of foods including dust, sugar, protein, cereals, and cardboard.
Despite their size and appearance, silverfish are not poisonous. However, they do have a negative effect on property and can cause significant damage to books, clothing, and furniture.
When silverfish are present, they can leave behind stains, poop, and small holes in clothing and other items. It is possible to get rid of these pests by using a range of methods.
One of the most common ways to kill silverfish is to use diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring substance, which contains ground up fossils. This clumpy, dead insect can be sprinkled along walls, in cupboards, and in cracks. Alternatively, sticky insect traps can be used.
Another way to get rid of silverfish is to reduce the amount of humidity in your home. Moisture is a natural food source for these insects. If you want to eliminate the presence of these bugs in your home, you can install dehumidifiers and other equipment that will help reduce the humidity.
To avoid a silverfish infestation, make sure to keep windows, doors, and other entry points clean. Remove clutter and old carpets from your home. Clean and dry out any damp areas and store dry foods in airtight containers. Seal any leaky pipes or gutters.
Some homeowners have found that using boric acid can be a helpful solution. Boric acid is a natural poison that silverfish don’t like. But boric acid should not be used around children or pets.