These creepy nightmares are creatures you can often find in the dark, damp corners of your home. Although they are harmless to people and pets, however, they are still creepy. They are a natural disaster for clothing, books and anything else which contains starch.
Unlike most household pests, they are slow to establish infestation levels of terribleness but, when they get to that point, they are very difficult to control and get rid of. Luckily, there are lots of methods to get rid of these creepy nightmares.
Get Rid Of Silverfish Infestation
Silverfish like to invade our homes because there is plenty of food and lack of predators. Our homes also have a lot of damp and dark hiding places where they can live their small creepy nocturnal lives. All of these things combined make for silverfish heaven where they can eat as much as they want, live without the fear of being killed, and cause grownups to squabble and scream like children when they run over their foot in the dark.
Like I said earlier, there are lots of methods of getting rid of silverfish including contacting a pest control company around Greensboro NC, but here are few DIY methods to prevent silverfish infestation.
Newspapers Method: This is another basic, but an effective trap. Roll up certain newspapers and place a flexible band on each end to hold it fit. Hold the newspapers under a running tap until they are wet or dunk the rolls in the water, not wet enough to turn into a mush. Place it around your home in spots where silverfish gather, just before you go to bed. They will be pulled in by the dampness, shelter, and food source. During the morning, gather all of your traps and burn them or throw them away. Try not to unroll the paper before doing this, else they will escape.
Reduce the Humidity: the silverfish enjoy living in damp, humid places. Make sure you decrease the humidity in your home especially in the kitchen pipes, to do this you can start by fixing your leaky pipes, or closing the shower curtain so it can dry out. The less humidity your home is the better. Also, place packets of silica in the comers of cupboards to help reduce moisture from the air.
Vacuum your Home: doing this method will reduce the food crumbs and other things that silverfish attracted to your home. Vacuuming will also remove their eggs, which can be very hard to see with the human eyes. Use your crevice attachment around the baseboards, follow by vacuuming soft furnishings, and then clean the floor. When you are done with the vacuum, make sure to get rid of any insect eggs you’ve picked up.
Seal up with Caulk: when the temperatures warm, silverfish live outdoors but come in when the climate rise and the soil dries out. Look beneath your doors and around your windows for any gaps that silverfish can crawl through, and seal them using weather-stripping or caulk. This method will not just only stop these pests from entering your home, but also cut your utility bills too.
Trap them: use masking tape to wrap a tall glass jar, which gives the silverfish traction to climb, and place piece of bread at the bottom of the glass jar. Place this trap under the bathroom sinks or kitchen sinks in your laundry room, or places you have seen them. They will climb into the jar thinking they will eat the bread, but the jar’s slick interior will keep them from crawling out. Or get a sticky trap from the hardware store if you don’t have time to make the trap.
Use Diatomaceous Earth: this is effective against silverfish as well as a lot of household pests. One of the reasons this method is great is that it’s non-toxic and non-hazardous for pets and humans when used correctly. Sprinkle little amount behind appliances, around baseboards, and beneath sinks where it will kill the bugs after they walk through the powder.