Keeping a good hygiene in your home is essential and can be rewarding. There are numerous kinds of insects that can hatch and make a home inside your home.
Insects such as silverfish can be a terrifying thing to deal with and it is better to prevent it instead of finding a solution to kill them.
However, sometimes you can be too late, and it maybe won’t be your fault, but you will need to react immediately.
Silverfish are always attracted to places that are dark and wet, such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. Even though they are harmless, you don’t want to have them as pets in your home.
They feed themselves with sugar, starches, paper, shampoo, dead insects, silk and books. Because they are small, they can slip in food packages that are not even opened.
Silverfish have the form of a tear and have long antennae and three bristles. They can be silver or brown-grey and have three pairs of legs. One female can lay between 2 to 20 eggs and usually they position themselves in small holes or gapes.
After being laid, they can hatch their eggs for 19 to 60 days and it all depends on the moisture in the area. One silverfish needs around three months to become mature and it can leave up to three years.
To check if your home is infested, look for yellow spots on places such as kitchen table, papers, eggs, and food containers. If you notice small black feces, you need to react immediately.
How to prevent a silverfish infestation
- Keep good hygiene
Make sure that you always keep your home dry and clean and never leave food leftovers on your tables.
Vacuum your floor, clean your bathroom at least 4 times per week, and your kitchen needs to be in perfect shape. By doing this, you won’t give them a chance.
- Check for leaky pipes and faucets
Check if your faucets and pipes are in a good shape, and make sure that you change them if you notice any leakage.
- Get a dehumidifier
You need to lower the level of humidity in your home and the best way to do it is to get a dehumidifier.
- Never leave open food packages
Seal your food leftovers and keep them in your fridge.
- Throw away any papers and boxes
- Keep your important documents in plastic containers or boxes
- Fill any gaps or holes in your walls, windows or
How to get rid of silverfish
If you are already facing a silverfish infestation, you need to try some of these natural remedies that will definitely help you get rid of them.
1. Diatomaceous earth
This natural substance is made diatoms which are aquatic creatures that have their skeletons made of silica. You can use diatomaceous earth to replace toxic insecticides that can be harmful to your health.
Apply this substance on areas that you believe the silverfish are laid out. They will dry out and die immediately.
2. Mix baking soda and honey
Combine water, honey, and baking soda and play the mixture on a cardboard. Place this on areas where you have last seen silverfish.
3. Glass and masking tape
Take twine and use it to cover a glass with dry oatmeal inside of it. This will attract the silverfish, they will get inside and won’t have a chance of getting out. Empty the glass on daily basis and keep using it until you get rid of all of them.
Salt is a natural substance that can help you substitute toxic products. The silverfish are attracted to the salt, and they have no problem eating it, but actually, they like it.
However, they will consume a lot of it, they will bring it to their colonies, which will lead to dehydration.
A good silverfish repeller that is packed with Eugenol which is good for killing insects. Take as many cloves as you need, and place them in every area where you have seen silverfish.
6. Essential oils
Every person loves the smell of essential oil, and it comes with a lot of benefits. However, silverfish can’t stand the smell of essential oils. Use lemon, cedar, lavender, basil, orange or cinnamon essential oil.
Combine around 20 drops of oil with vodka and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the substance on spots that can be a potential home for silverfish -- areas with gapes, holes that are dark and wet.
7. Citrus Peels
Another silverfish repellant that is simple to use. Take several peels of citrus and apply it on dark spots where you have noticed signs of silverfish.
8. Cucumber Peels
Same as the citrus peels, use cucumber peels to repel the silverfish. Make sure that you exchange them with fresh ones on weekly basis.
You can get herbs such as sage, basil, and rosemary which make a great silverfish repellant.
Use cinnamon sticks and place them behind bookcases, dark areas, cupboards and places where silverfish move around.
11. DIY natural satchets
For these satches, you will need:
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender buds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon stick pieces
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon lavender buds
Wrap these elements together and place them in cupboards, bookshelves, your kitchen, in boxes, in your bathroom, and on your floor.
12. Mashed potato balls
Another strong silverfish repellent that is totally natural. Take several potatoes, mashed them and mix them with alum powder. We recommend shaping them into balls and placing them into cupboards.
Apply the cupboards of mashed potato balls in areas where you have noticed silverfish.
13. Cedar Shavings
Many products that are used as insecticides have cedar oil as a part of their recipe. Also, it is a win-win situation, because, with the help of cedar shavings, you will improve the scent of your home.
You can use cedar oil and spray it in your home, or you can place cedar shavings in places where silverfish are hiding.
14. Boric acid
This is a mineral that is not harmful to people but works as a poison to silverfish. Simply apply boric acid in places where silverfish are laid out.