Silverfish are a gross nuisance, with their worm-like bodies ending in three gills that help them wiggle their way across floors and walls. They can amble across wide distances for food and will mostly survive on crumbs of fat and sugary foods. They also require moisture to survive, which makes them rather resilient – as well as great candidates for damaging homes, detracting from their market value, and causing grievance to homeowners far and wide. The best method for silverfish extermination, of course, is to call in pest control experts, who have the know-how required to rid you of the infestation once and for all, with the most modern chemical substances available to them, as well as in the briefest possible time. However, if you would like to get involved in the initial stages of the extermination yourself, there are several things you, too, can do, with not that many resources save for a few well-directed efforts.
If you’ve discovered that your home is plagued by silverfish, here are a few things you can do before the experts arrive, in order to make sure the infestation doesn’t progress or spiral completely out of control before they do.
Tip 1: How to identify the colonies
In order to take out your pesky foes, you’ll first need to figure out where they’ve set up camp. This is where nature steps in to help, since silverfish will, indeed, go to great lengths to find sources of food; however, once they find it, they are not likely to ever walk away from it. In other words, they will colonize the room where they found the nourishment, which is most likely the kitchen. Check out your cereal boxes and other means for storing starchy foods, which are high on the preference list for these pests. Silverfish are able to chew through cardboard boxes and will do so for sustenance. They will also eat their way through most cellulose, as well as through textiles, so check for marks on your wallpaper, too.
Tip 2: Minimize humidity
Like many other domestic pests, silverfish, too, will thrive in humid environments, which is why it’s important to de-moisturize the environment in which you have identified the colony. If it’s the kitchen or bathroom, you will most likely need to use a de-humidifier, as well as towels and ventilators, to help dry up the area as quickly as possible. Also, make sure all your pipes and faucets are in good working order and dry any pools of water you find around the house.
Tip 3: Clean up
The most important measure you can take is to rid the silverfish of food. This is best achieved by storing all your cereal and grain-based foods in airtight containers. Vacuum the room thoroughly, in order to make sure there are no bread, pastry, or cereal crumbs lying about and secure the lids on your trashcans.