How To Kill Silverfish Naturally?

How To Kill Silverfish Naturally?
May 17, 2022
How To Kill Silverfish Naturally?

Find Out How To Get Rid Of And Kill Silverfish Naturally

Have you noticed more and more silverfish in your home? Unfortunately, these pesky creatures can cause a lot of damage and can be challenging to control. In this blog post, we will discuss how to kill silverfish naturally. 

We will start by explaining what silverfish are and what damage they can do. Then we will discuss how to identify them and inspect for an infestation. Finally, we will provide instructions for getting rid of silverfish using natural methods.

What Are Silverfish?

Silverfish are tiny, wingless insects that get their name from their silvery-gray color and fish-like appearance. These household pests are often found in damp areas like basements and bathrooms. Silverfish are nocturnal creatures that feed on paper, cloth, glue, and other materials that contain cellulose. This can cause extensive damage to your books, clothing, wallpaper, and even pictures.

Silverfish get their name from their appearance and fish-like movements.

Silverfish get their name from their appearance and fish-like movements.

How To Inspect For A Silverfish Infestation

If you suspect you might have a silverfish infestation in your home, there are a few things you can do to confirm it. First, check for signs of damage in areas where silverfish are known to hide, such as basements, closets, attics, or other dark, moist places.

Here are some tips on how to inspect for a silverfish infestation:

-Start by checking book bindings and other areas where paper is stored. Silverfish love to eat paper, and book bindings are a favorite target. So if you see book bindings that have been damaged or eaten, it's a good sign that you have a silverfish problem.

-Next, check for small holes in clothes or other fabrics. Silverfish will often feed on these items, leaving behind small holes.

-Another telltale sign of silverfish is the presence of small feces. These will be small black spots that look like pepper.

-Finally, set out a piece of bread or another food source in an area where you think silverfish may be present. Check the site after a few hours to see if the food has been disturbed.

If you find evidence of silverfish in your home, it's important to take steps to get rid of them as soon as possible. Silverfish can be difficult to control once they establish themselves, so it's best to nip the problem in the bud.

Capturing silverfish in a glass jar is an easy way to collect and get rid of them.

Capturing silverfish in a glass jar is an easy way to collect and get rid of them.

How To Kill Silverfish Naturally?

Diatomaceous earth is a good option if you're looking for a natural way to kill silverfish. This powder is made from diatoms - the fossilized remains of tiny aquatic creatures.

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an excellent home remedy that works by puncturing the insect's exoskeleton, causing it to dehydrate and die. You can find diatomaceous earth here.

Another option is boric acid. This substance is poisonous to silverfish and will also kill any eggs they have laid. However, boric acid can be toxic to pets and children, so use it cautiously. 

Boric acid can be effective when used as a dust or powder, and you can also use it to make homemade traps. To do this, mix boric acid with flour or sugar and place it in a shallow dish.

If you're looking for a non-toxic solution, glass silverfish traps are a good choice. These traps work by luring the silverfish into a glass container such as a mason jar, where they become trapped due to the slippery walls. You can wrap the exterior with tape so they can climb in to eat the bait.

Baking soda is another effective solution. Mix a bit of baking soda with a cup of water and a tablespoon of honey into a bowl. When you've mixed the ingredients into a paste, you can place a bit on paper or cardboard to lure them. 

Once they consume the mixture, they will quickly dehydrate and die. This is an excellent natural option for hard-to-reach cracks and crevices.

Newspaper traps work on silverfish by luring them into a container with the promise of food and shelter. Place some old rolled-up newspapers on a plate and add a bit of water to make them damp. You'll want to place the paper out overnight, near where you've found their droppings in your home. 

The silverfish will be attracted to the moisture and climb inside the newspaper, where they will feed and take shelter. Then, in the morning, either throw away the paper in an outside trash container or burn the paper.

There are many ways to kill silverfish naturally, so you can choose the option that best suits your needs. Whichever removal method you choose, be sure to take action as soon as you notice an infestation to prevent further damage.

If These Natural Options Aren't Getting Rid Of Silverfish

If natural options aren't killing silverfish in your home, a few excellent professional pest control options are available.

  • Spray along your home's exterior foundation with Cyper WSP and Avesta CS every two to three months.
  • If you have a severe infestation, we recommend using insecticide dusts such as CimeXa Insecticide Dust or D-Fense Dust. Apply these dusts to areas that remain dry and should be applied in attic insulation, on boxes, and behind large appliances. The JT Eaton Bellow Duster works great for most home applications.

You can often find silverfish nibbling on book bindings. Make sure you keep your valuable books sealed or away from their activity. 

You can often find silverfish nibbling on book bindings. Make sure you keep your valuable books sealed or away from their activity. 

Prevent Silverfish

Silverfish may enter your home for various reasons, but there are a few natural ways to prevent them from being attracted to your indoor areas.

You can repel silverfish and prevent them from being attracted to certain areas of your home by spraying specific essential oils (such as peppermint, lavender, or basil oil) mixed with water from a spray bottle. Spray places where you've seen silverfish activity or suspect they may be hiding.

You can also place cinnamon sticks in cracks and crevices where you think they may be entering from or hiding. They dislike the smell and will leave.

Get Rid Of Silverfish With Do-It-Yourself Pest Control

If you're looking for a do-it-yourself solution to get rid of silverfish, look no further!

At Do-It-Yourself Pest Control, we have all the supplies and knowledge you need to take care of your silverfish problem once and for all.

We carry a variety of products that keep silverfish from invading and infesting your home. Contact our expert and friendly pest control team today to learn more!

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