5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish

5 Natural Ways to Get Rid Silverfish

Okay, okay – I’ll admit that silverfish aren’t exactly the most dangerous little buggers in the world, but I just hate being surprised by them as they scurry out from under a wet towel my husband left on the bathroom floor.  It unnerves me to know that they can live for up to a year without food, so they definitely belong in the “icky” section of my catalog of things that make me go eeewwww!

So why the sudden silverfish freakout?  We’ve seen more rain this year than ever and the silverfish showed up right along with the increase in humidity.

What You Should Know About Silverfish

  • They DO like dark, cool, humid places
  • They DO like paper, drywall, glue, clothing and starchy foods
  • They DO NOT like to eat humans {thank goodness!}
  • They DO NOT transmit disease
  • They DO NOT cause extensive damage to your home

5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish

  • Wrap a tall glass jar with masking tape or twine (this helps create a surface the bugs can crawl on) and then toss in some dry oatmeal or crackers to attract the silverfish.  They can crawl in, but they can’t get back out!  Check for critters in your trap, empty and repeat as needed
  • Try topping a cracker with a 1:1 mix of borax and flour or powdered sugar to lure them out of their hiding places. Borax is low on the toxic-to-humans totem pole, but do keep it out of reach of kiddos.  You could also go the convenient route and try BioCare’s pre-made spider and silverfish traps
  • Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth around floor boards and areas you see the silverfish moving around, making sure pets and children can’t get close enough inhale it.  DE is the fossilized remains of micro-organisms and hard-shelled algae.  It works by scratching the bugs exoskeletons using its microscopic shards so the bugs become dehydrated
  • Mix equal parts water, baking soda and honey, then apply it to small pieces of sturdy paper or cardboard.  This mixture will kill silverfish and is handy for tight spots behind the books on your bookshelf
  • Dilute cedar oil with water and apply to cracks and crevices with a sprayer. The oil emits a smell that is noxious to silverfish and other common household pests but pleasant to humans. Silverfish experience cedar the way humans experience ammonia (remember those awesome cedar-lined chests and closets?).  Regular application will create a barrier to re-entry

How do you prevent silverfish in your home?

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3 Responses to 5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish

  1. sammeh May 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    Great article! I really appreciated how short and spicy it was. DE is really a killer where pests are concerned. They really do help in varying situations to prevent and get rid of pests. There are various ways to prevent silverfish from harboring within the home. Since they love moisture, it’s important that as homeowners we reduce the level of humidity found within our homes. This can be done with dehumidifiier. Additionally, after rainfall or even snowing, homeowners should pay attention to their basements and attics to ensure that they are properly ventilated and dried. Vacuuming is also useful for getting rid of silverfish and so is cutting off their food sources. if they don’t have anything, they’re likely to find somewhere else to feast. More information on silverfish preventatives can be found here. http://goo.gl/vFAiW0

  2. abbott anderson May 4, 2017 at 10:31 pm #

    Great article.Please share some different articles relating to silverfish

  3. Jimmy Two Shoes May 26, 2017 at 2:42 am #

    This article could have been structured better. Also the content… Who is your target audience exactly? The framing is all over the place.

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