How to Make Silverfish Control

If you have silverfish chewing their way through your books, boxes, wallpaper or pantry, there’s no need to call an exterminator.
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Unless you have a large silverfish infestation, you can halt a silverfish invasion before significant damage is done. Silverfish are heat loving and nocturnal, hiding in dark warm crevices, damp under-sink cabinets and in dark closets, coming out at night to forage for food. Control their environment and you control the silverfish.

Step 1

Restrict access to water. Check for leaks or areas where there is standing water. Silverfish thrive in damp moist areas and are frequently found around drains and sinks. Repair leaks and wipe all areas dry.

Step 2

Reduce humidity with a dehumidifier in areas where you have silverfish. Silverfish thrive in temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees with a relative humidity of 75 to 95 percent.

Step 3

Vacuum your home, paying special attention to closets and materials that have been stored for a long time. Use a crevice attachment to get into cracks and corners. Clean and move stacks of paper, boxes and fabrics that may be harboring silverfish.

Step 4

Spay, dust or bait cracks and crevices, baseboards, dark closets and drain areas with a product labeled to control silverfish. D-limonene, clove or thyme oil, boric acid or diatomaceous earth are natural active ingredients in insect treatments that work on silverfish. Synthetic ingredients to control silverfish are bifenthrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, cypermethrin, permethrin or deltamethrin.

Things You Will Need

  • Dehumidifier
  • Vacuum
  • Insecticide

Tips

  • When applying any silverfish control inside your home, keep children and pets away from these areas.
  • Vacuum often and keep your home tidy to reduce the chances of a silverfish re-infestation.