30 May Removing silverfish from your home
There’s something about Silverfish that makes them an unbearable sight. Yes. They are harmless. But they are also slimy and downright disgusting. They feed on everything starchy, which includes books, dead skin (eww) and live in dark and moist places in your home that you never knew about.
If you are pulling your hair out over a silverfish infestation in your home, then read on to find out how you can make your home a less appealing place for these wingless serpentine pests.
Understanding what you are dealing with
To be able to completely eliminate a pest from your home, you need to understand what you are dealing with. Silverfish are bluish-silver insects that have a hard exoskeleton. Their movement is very similar to that of fishes. Hence the name, Silverfish. They grow up to ½ inch in size and have two prominent antennae on their head.
They lay eggs all around the year and a single female can lay up to 20 eggs in a day.
So, they are prolific breeders and with the right environment to live in and an endless supply of food, both of which are commonly found in most homes, they will thrive.
Like we said before, Silverfish Habitats are the moist and wet places around the house. For example, the bathroom, kitchens, basements, attics and the laundry room.
To get rid of a silverfish infestation, these are the places to begin looking for the nest.
Completely eliminating Silverfish bugs with DIY methods is an extremely challenging task. So, its always easier to contact a pest control company in Vancouver who can help you get rid of the problem completely and that too, a lot faster than you can ever do it yourself.
If you wish to attempt a few DIY methods before calling the pros, then read on.
You can either choose natural methods to deter Silverfish or completely eliminate them.
- Citrus Sprays: Silverfish are repelled by the citrusy smell that these sprays emanate. You can spray these in the areas where the infestation is severe.
- Diatomaceous Earth: This white powder is non-toxic to humans but lethal for Silverfish bugs and other pests. You can apply this in the infested area.
- Mothballs: Mothballs are an effective deterrent for Silverfish bugs.
- Other methods: Other methods like keeping whole spices in a porous sachet, using lavender oil, cedar shavings, etc. as a repellant can also be tried.
Chemicals like liquid pyrethin and Boric acid are effective in eliminating silverfish bugs. But it is recommended that you try the natural methods and if you are unsuccessful, speak to a professional pest control company Vancouver to help you deal with the problem.
Preventing an infestation
Silverfish bugs thrive in humid places like areas with faulty plumbing or areas where condensation occurs. So ensure that such sources of excessive moisture are completely eliminated. Ventilate any closed rooms, regularly inspect the surroundings of the home for any narrow crevices that can harbor Silverfish bugs.
If it seems like too difficult a task, speak to a bug removal company in Vancouver.