If you have ever seen these creepy crawlies in your home, your first question is, how did they get in? There are several ways these pests make their way indoors. Silverfish can live for up to eight years and are among the world's most common pests.

Silverfish do not carry diseases or create extreme havoc, only when their populations become large.

One of the most common ways is any vegetation growth or leaves matted down near your house. Any wet or moist conditions supply a silverfish with an unlimited supply of food sources.

If you get rid of these outdoor conditions, you will discourage silverfish from making your house their home. Additionally, ensure all gaps have been sealed using water-proof caulking; this will keep the silverfish problem from entering your home.

Another trick for silverfish control is to use homemade traps containing starchy food sources. Including wet newspaper, cedar oil, sticky traps, boric acid, dried bay leaves, and store-bought chemical methods.

How to Identify Silverfish

How to identify silverfish in the house

You can identify a silverfish by its body, which is shaped like a teardrop. It has three distinct, bristle-like appendages sticking out from the back of its body.

Silverfish have antennae that is as long as their body is. The body is brown, with silver-metallic-looking scales. These scales give the silverfish the appearance of being shiny and shimmering.

There is a protein within the scales silverfish shed called tropomyosin; this is what often causes people to have allergic reactions.

Can silverfish fly?

Silverfish do not bite, nor can they fly. However, they are able to run rapidly. They are timid and often remain hidden and out of sight of humans. However, a population of silverfish can quickly grow to large numbers because they reproduce rapidly.

How to Get Rid of Silverfish: 8 Effective Ways

Upon discovering a silverfish infestation, you want to know how to get rid of them right away. Here are eight effective ways to prevent silverfish and help you get rid of them in your house:

1. Make your own traps to lure and capture silverfish.

In doing this, you need to know what will attract silverfish inside your house. Since they relish foods with starch, you can easily make a trap using a glass jar and some flour or dried cereal. Simply pour either one into the container, wrap some tape around its outside, and leave the lid off. The textured surface of the tape lets them get inside the jar; however, the smooth glass surface inside makes it impossible to get out.

2. Newspaper works well as an attractant.

A simple way to trick silverfish is with a rolled-up wet newspaper. Place it near an area where you have seen an infestation problem. The silverfish will come inside and start nesting; after a few days, place the rolled newspaper into an airtight container and burn it.

3. Using sticky traps.

You can purchase these at your local home and garden or hardware store. Sticky traps are an excellent method for eradicating these pests. Get rid of the traps when you notice silverfish stuck to them after a few days.

4. Cedar shavings and oil.

Essential oils can also be an extremely useful tool when you need to get rid of silverfish infestations. Cedar oil and cedar shavings are popular natural insecticides because silverfish dislike its woody scent. Cedar shavings are a bit messy but effective. Simply vacuum them up once a week and replace them with new ones to repel silverfish inside your house.

Cedar shavings

5. Dried bay leaves.

Look no further than your spice rack for this handy do-it-yourself silverfish repellant. Simply spread some dried bay leaves wherever you have seen silverfish activity.

6. Boric acid.

You can buy some borax or boric acid at your local home store to stop silverfish. It works well when placed under appliances, alongside baseboards, behind cabinets, and in closets. Another great natural alternative is to sprinkle diatomaceous earth in these areas.

7. Pest insecticides.

You can quickly manage a silverfish population in your house using insecticides. However, you must take care if you have children or pets in the area, as they are poisonous and toxic.

8. Chemical traps.

These are another effective way to get rid of a silverfish infestation. But, like insecticides, great care must be taken when you use near places where you have pets or children playing.

How to Protect Your Home From Silverfish Infestation?

The best way to protect your home from a silverfish infestation is to keep it clean. In addition, store dried foods like pet food, flour, sugar, cereal, quinoa, rice, and pasta in airtight containers.

Silverfish eat dried food packets, they chew papers, and the binding paste of old manuscripts and books is rich in protein.

Remove the humidity in damp basements by employing a dehumidifier; this will eliminate one of their favorite environments.

However, controlling humidity levels isn't always a realistic approach when trying to control silverfish.

To get rid of silverfish eggs, using a HEPA vacuum will suck them up and prevent silverfish from multiplying. In addition, use caulking to cover any openings, holes, and cracks to avert silverfish and cease egg laying.

Boric Acid will get rid of silverfish infestations

It is available for sale in small packets at your local home and hardware store. These packets are made to trap and poison silverfish. Simplet place in hidden areas like desk drawers, beneath sinks, in dressers, and bookshelves.

What are the signs you have silverfish?

Silverfish eating on the pages of the book

One sure sign of a silverfish pest infestation is the yellow stains they leave behind on fabrics made from synthetic materials. Another sign is discovering them as they burrow through dried food containers.

Seeing only one silverfish does not necessarily indicate you have an infestation. Sometimes it has been simply transported indoors via a used book you purchased at the thrift store.

Are Silverfish Dangerous to People and Pets?

Because silverfish are nocturnal insects, it is difficult to know they exist as household pests.

Some people show sensitivity to silverfish droppings and may even be allergic. These tiny pests can contaminate our food supplies, like meat and stored dry goods. However, they don't bite or spread disease.

Sometimes, people discover an allergy or sensitivity to molted skin and droppings of silverfish. Molted silverfish exoskeletons contain tropomyosin, a protein. In combination with other indoor allergens caused by mites and other insects, can cause these allergies.

A recombinant allergen forms stronger allergic reactions. Besides causing allergic reactions, silverfish are basically harmless when it comes to silverfish bite.

The molted skin of silverfish, in combination with other inside allergens such as dust, can cause mucus buildup, coughing, and itching.

Are silverfish harmful to the fur kids? Although silverfish control isn't toxic, avert pets from eating them.

Do Silverfish get rid of other bugs?

Although a silverfish infestation may be damaging to your home, having a few silverfish live with you maintains insect equilibrium. Silverfish will eat predatory insects like spiders and other pests.

They also eat dead insects, including dead silverfish. Thus, you shouldn't worry about killing silverfish if you have only seen one bug.

What attracts silverfish?

Silverfish are able to sustain themselves on a dust-only diet because human skin and dander contain organic residue.

Silverfish consume any dead or dying silverfish as well as the carcasses of dead plants to supplement protein requirements.

Because silverfish live for as long as eight years, they can easily wreak havoc on your household items over time.

If your home has any clutter, such as cardboard boxes old books, or is extremely dusty, you risk a silverfish infestation.

Using Natural Repellants

You can prevent silverfish invasions by using a natural repellant, such as dried bay leaves, cinnamon, and cedar oil.

You can create your own silverfish traps to discourage silverfish with a spray bottle filled with essential oil and water.

Using Natural Repellants to get rid of silverfish

Create your own silverfish traps

There are a variety of ways to eliminate a silverfish infestation. Up to and including repelling silverfish by decreasing their nesting sites inside your home.

Chemical baits, or natural ways to kill silverfish, are diatomaceous earth and sticky traps. However, if you are still unsuccessful in getting rid of them, it's time to call the professional pest control services of A.N.T. Pest Control.

What Damage Can Silverfish Cause to Your Home?

Silverfish don't really cause any severe damage to your home. Typically, the most damage they create is flaring up allergies to their droppings or molted skins. These allergens, in combination with other allergens like dust mites, can cause severe allergic reactions.

Silverfish Facts, Habits and Threats

A silverfish gets its name because of its fish-like movements and silver-colored scales. They have three bristles on their tail end and two antennae as long as the body.

The body of a silverfish has tiny scales covering it. These scales, if touched, come off. Some of the natural predators of the silverfish are spiders, centipedes, and earwigs.

A silverfish is a wingless insect, rather primitive, and belongs to the group of insects referred to as Bristletails.

Professional Silverfish Removal Services

For a severe silverfish infestation inside your apartment or house, you need the assistance of a licensed pest control service.

Professional Silverfish Removal Services

Professional pest control

A.N.T. Pest Control knows the proper treatment for getting rid of these insects. They also have integrated pest management methods set up for controlling silverfish in historic buildings, libraries, and museums.

Contact Us to Get Rid of Silverfish for Good!

When you have run out of DIY options for getting rid of silverfish, call the professionals! We are a pest control professional company with the answers to your silverfish issue. Call A.N.T. Pest Control at 815-215-7211 to schedule an appointment today. We know how to get rid of silverfish for good!

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