Silverfish are omnivores that feed on a variety of substances. They usually feed on sugary foods and carbohydrates. It’s not surprising then that they like to nibble on fabrics, especially cotton.
This is because they need to obtain nutrients to grow. The best way to keep silverfish away from your clothes is to keep them clean and dry. If you need to get rid of them, vacuuming is a good start.
In addition to the vacuum, you may want to consider adding a lavender or cedar scent to the storage area. Both of these are natural bug repellents. These scents make it harder for silverfish to lay eggs.
Another way to keep silverfish away from your clothes involves sealing up small entry points. You can use caulking to seal cracks. And don’t forget to wash your clothes well. Washing them in hot water will kill any silverfish eggs that might have been hiding.
While you’re at it, you may want to consider taking your clothing to a dry cleaner that uses PERC, which is a specialized type of detergent. A good dry cleaner will be able to repair any holes that have been left behind by the silverfish.
Silverfish are wingless, nocturnal insects that eat pretty much anything they can find. They’re particularly attracted to the sugary substances found in fabrics and carpets. But, they can also be a nuisance.
Fortunately, silverfish are relatively easy to control. Just like most pests, they have a variety of ways to attract them.