How to get rid of silverfish?
The silverfish is a small insect that loves humidity and heat, which is why it is often found in the bathroom, in the laundry room, but also everywhere in the house.
Although the silverfish is harmless to us, we must act quickly to prevent its proliferation. Here are 10 natural remedies to get rid of silverfish.
1. Clean up the house
Whether it is to prevent the appearance of these unwanted insects or to get rid of them, cleaning and dusting is the first thing to do.
Indeed, as the silverfish likes to eat the dust, the hairs and hair fallen on the ground and other dirt the cleaning of the house is the solution #1 to begin.
So we clean absolutely everything in the house:
- cupboards and cupboards
- floors, floors and carpets
- surfaces around appliances
- inside, outside and around furniture
- along baseboards, doors and windows
Above all, don’t forget to pay special attention to cleaning the bathroom, the laundry room and the kitchen, in short, all the wet rooms in the house.
A clean house is also very important against a multitude of crawling insects. Indeed, it is an effective trick against cockroaches, cockroaches and silverfish!
2. Kill Silverfish with Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide increasingly used to control and eradicate certain harmful insects such as silverfish.
This natural white powder will attack silverfish by dehydrating them causing the death of the insect.
Sprinkle diatomaceous earth along walls and baseboards, also around furniture where you’re used to seeing these crawling insects.
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3. A mixture of baking soda and sugar
Another natural solution to eliminate silverfish is to concoct a small home remedy based on baking soda and white sugar.
Here’s how to pull off this homemade trap:
- Mix equal amounts of white sugar and baking soda.
- Sprinkle the mixture in the different places where the insects walk.
- You can also arrange the mixture in small saucers.
The silver poison will be attracted to the sugar and the baking soda will be fatal to them, just like the diatomaceous earth in the previous tip.
You can also replace the baking soda (if you don’t have any left at home) with white flour in this trick.
4. Make a Silverfish Trap
If you know there are silverfish in the house then why not make a trap to catch and kill them!?
Here’s how to make this silverfish trap:
- Take several sheets of newspaper and roll them up.
- Close one end of the newspaper roll with adhesive tape or a rubber band.
- Spray water inside the roller and leave it on the ground where the insects prefer.
The next morning you will notice the presence of silverfish inside the roll so throw it in the outside trash in an airtight bag.
Of course you can make several of these traps to place around the house and especially repeat every day to succeed in exterminating all the silverfish.
5. Keep silverfish away with essential oils
Another home remedy for silverfish in a home is to prepare a mixture of essential oils.
Here is what you need for this trick:
- 15 drops of peppermint essential oil
- 15 drops of lavender essential oil
- 15 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 2/3 cup cold water
Mix all the oils well with the water and spray the various places where you have noticed the presence of these crawling insects.
Now that you have successfully eliminated all these crawling insects from the house, you need to take a few steps to prevent a new invasion of silverfish!
Here are some preventive measures and actions to take:
- Regularly clean and dust all surfaces in the house.
- Vacuum floors, carpets, floors and furniture weekly.
- Store foods such as rice, flour and cereals in airtight containers.
- Never leave food lying around on counters and on the floor.
- Ventilate humid rooms well and run a dehumidifier if necessary.
All these tips are also recommended for getting rid of clothes moths and other crawling insects in the house.
Never use bleach to repel and eliminate silverfish. Besides being harmful to you and pets, bleach has the opposite effect and therefore may attract silverfish rather than repel them.
7. Watch out for the hotel room
Before I let you go to fight and exterminate silverfish I must inform you that silverfish are very visible and numerous in hotel rooms!
Last year we stayed me, my wife and our 2 children in a hotel room (I will not name the establishment) and how can I say… There were a lot of silverfish!
In fact, just walking down the hall leading to the bedroom we could see small crawling insects along the door frames. After a quick analysis it was indeed silverfish. So be careful during your next stay at the hotel!
If you are traveling and are looking for tips against sand fleas or against flea bites, come and read this article: Sand flea.