Trying to figure out how to get rid of silverfish bugs? Silverfish can be killed and controlled with these methods…
Get Acquainted with Silverfish
First step to getting rid of silverfish is understanding a little bit about them. The good news is that these grayish-blue serpentine bugs cannot hurt you. The bad news is that they can be very annoying and unpleasant to see around your home. Few people enjoy seeing any type of bug roaming around their home but silverfish have a particularly slithery appearance, almost like a centipede or millipede.
Next let’s talk about what attracts silverfish… why are there silverfish in your home in the first place. Here’s a brief list of some of the things that will attract silverfish to your home:
- Books and Paper
- Starchy Materials
- Dead Skin Cells
- Dark and Damp Spaces
Methods To Get Rid of Silverfish
- Trapping Silverfish
- Repelling and Preventing Silverfish
- Killing Silverfish
Before you decide to implement a silverfish control strategy you need to understand what you are dealing with.
Where are silverfish active in your home? You can do you own amateur silverfish inspection or call a professional pest control company to conduct an inspection. It never hurts to conduct your own but if you find signs of silverfish you may want to have a pro conduct a more thorough search. That being said, silverfish will not typically cause harm to your structure or family so there are a pest that you can tackle by yourself. Some pests, like termites, are best left to a professional to eradicate.
So where should you look for silverfish activity in your home. Because silverfish are more active at night being nocturnal they can be difficult to spot. You can take a flashlight at night and search around your home but it is easier to look for the clues they leave behind.
- Molten Silverfish Skin or Exoskeletons: Silverfish shed their skin so if you find their discarded exoskeletons, then bingo you have a sure sign of silverfish.
- Silverfish Excrement: Silverfish droppings look a bit like black pepper. If you find this in a dark damp area especially, look around a bit closer and see if you find any accompanying silverfish skins.
- Yellow stains and Small Holes: If you find small holes or yellow stains on wallpaper or cardboard and fabric materials like clothing, curtain, etc. you may also be looking at signs of silverfish.