Silverfish Control & Extermination

Silverfish Elimination

Get Rid of SilverfishOnce you have discovered that you have a silverfish problem, it is time to get rid of it as soon as possible. A female silverfish can lay up to 100 eggs in a single day, so a few silverfish can quickly turn into thousands infesting your home. Silverfish extermination can be done a couple different ways. Some people prefer to have a professional come and treat a silverfish infestation. Although this may be the quickest option, some people prefer to treat the problem themselves because of cost factors, among other considerations.

When it comes to silverfish control, consistency is key. Although you may only see one or two silverfish, be mindful that there is a high possibility of more. Keep an eye out for any damages around the home caused by silverfish. When looking for silverfish damage, check for small holes in wallpaper, clothing and books. Silverfish debris may be spotted in dark, damp areas.


Silverfish Control

There are a few different ways to protect your home from silverfish. Silverfish control includes a couple different steps. The first thing to consider when it comes to silverfish elimination is that they hide in dark, damp areas. Consider the following options when it comes to silverfish control:

  • Seal any cracks in foundation, concrete and floors.
  • Repair any leaks from pipes such as sinks, bathtubs and showers.
  • Clean and remove any mold, mildew and other areas that may contain excess moisture.
  • Ventilate any mildewy, dark or unused rooms.
  • Always use fans when having a bath or shower in closed areas of the house. This will prevent any excess moisture in the room, which may attract silverfish bugs.
  • If you live in a general humid location, consider using dehumidifiers or fans around the home, especially in darker areas of the house.
  • Some other things to keep in mind when dealing with silverfish removal include:
  • Removing any papers, books, and any other clutter material
  • Don’t leave any food laying around the home. Always properly seal your food in cupboards and containers.
  • Keep any photos sealed away in dry areas, or in boxes.
  • Keep your home dust-free by dusting and vacuuming regularly.

Silverfish pest control

Silverfish removal can be a bit of a task, especially if you have an infestation. If you have spotted a few silverfish in your home, there is almost a guarantee they have been laying eggs, or plan to very soon. This is important to note because silverfish bugs can multiply very quickly and will lead to an infestation at a rapid pace. Often times, you will not be able to find a silverfish breeding ground because they are nocturnal and hide in all sorts of dark locations in the house.

If you are concerned about a possible silverfish infestation, you should consider professional silverfish extermination. An experienced exterminator will be able to locate a silverfish breeding ground better than any home owner.

Professional silverfish pest control is quick and easy, but usually involves the use of chemical sprays and gasses. Always be sure to keep children and animals away from the area being treated for silverfish.

Silverfish traps

Many different home improvement stores will sell silverfish traps to help capture and rid your home of silverfish bugs. The best thing about silverfish traps is that you can choose traps that are non-toxic and can even help to trap other pests in the house as well. Some traps still use poison to kill the silverfish bug. If you prefer the poison method, there are some things to keep in mind:

  • Do you have pets? If so, pets may come into contact with the poisonous traps.
  • Do you have children? Children may be curious of the traps and may become ill from touching and playing with the poison.
  • How bad is the infestation? Sometimes poison does not need to be used.
  • Where will you keep the traps? In closed off locations, sometimes poisonous silverfish traps are the best option.
  • The most common type of silverfish traps are sticky traps. These traps are small pads with sticky surfaces that catch the silverfish and keep them there until they die. Most silverfish traps come with a few pads, so you can set up multiple traps around the house. These silverfish traps are very effective and may sometimes catch other bugs along the way.
  • Some places to set up silverfish traps include:
  • Warm, dark areas such as behind the furnace.
  • Any humid areas or areas with mildew.
  • Under toilets, sinks and behind bathtubs and around the shower.
  • Areas with food such as behind the stove and fridge.
  • Behind washing and drying machines.
  • In any unused, dark rooms, such as basements, garages and attics.

Keep an eye on your traps for the next few days. Replace the traps once you have caught a few silverfish or any other bugs. Keep in mind that silverfish reproduce at a high rate, so you may have to continue using the traps for a few weeks, or until you notice the silverfish traps are bug-free.