Silverfish are a pest that can be very bothersome. Though they are not generally a health risk, you should still seek to get rid of silverfish.
This is because they can damage household goods, property and get into your food supply.
These pests feed on starchy material and protein-rich items. They eat away at books, textiles clothing and stored away foods such as grains, vegetables, cereal, and dried meat provisions.
As such, we have put together this helpful guide to assist you in getting rid of these pests.
1) Keep food sealed away
When dealing with pests, prevention is always the best method of treatment.
Keep easy to reach food such as cereals, dry cat/dog food and pasta in airtight containers. Make sure cat goods and properly closed also.
Depriving silverfish of their food source lowers the risk of them infesting your home.
It is especially important to protect food sources at night, as silverfish are nocturnal.
2) Remove places for silverfish to hide
Like most household pests, silverfish rely on having places to hide around the home. They also use crevasses and cracks to enter in and out of your home.
Thus, you should seek to cover up these little hiding spots.
Silverfish also like to feed on and hide in old papers, books and magazines. Getting rid of excess clutter like old boxes or magazines can work twofold to deny silverfish their meal and hiding places.
3) Reduce moisture and humidity
Silverfish are drawn to moisture and humidity. Thus, you should do all you can to deny them these conditions.
Make sure to fix leaky pipes, ensure you do not have tripping taps and ensure your bathroom is well ventilated. You should also keep gutters clear to ensure you do not get excess water overflow.
Another way to fight humidity is using dehumidifiers in key places where silverfish are likely to congregate, such as storage rooms, pantries, garages and basements.
4) Call Dedant to get rid of silverfish for you
Silverfish are incredibly hard to get rid of if you do not have the proper training, experience, and equipment.
This is because they can live for up to 8 years and reproduce rapidly.
As such, your best course of action if you find a sizeable silverfish population in or around your home is to contact the experts.
Dedant offers a General Pest Treatment which treats not only silverfish but spiders, ants and wasps too.