Getting Rid of Silverfish the Natural Way
There are many different ways to get rid of silverfish in the home. However, most silverfish extermination options involve the use of chemical sprays, gasses and poisonous traps. If you have animals or children in the home, this can be a problem. Even if you do not have any pets or children, the use of chemicals is never good for your health.
There are a few different ways to get rid of silverfish naturally around the home. The first step to getting rid of silverfish is to clean up around your home. Focus on areas that hold a lot of dust or dirt. Dark and damp areas may contain mold and mildew, which is a favorite treat for silverfish. Repairing any leaks in pipes such as sinks and bathtubs will help repel silverfish as well. Keep your home free of clutter such as newspapers, books and your yard free of leaf and debris piles. The next step is to set up some repellants and traps around the home, which can be done naturally.
Natural remedies for getting rid of silverfish naturally
- Cloves – The scent of cloves is supposed to be horrible to silverfish. Use whole cloves in areas where you find silverfish.
- Cucumbers – Cucumber peels are said to repel silverfish because of their scent. Leave cucumber peels around areas where you suspect silverfish may be lurking. Just make sure you clean and replenish the peels before they become rotten.
- Citrus – Any citrus smelling sprays will help to repel silverfish. These can easily be made at home by using lemon juice and water and spraying in areas you find silverfish.
- Mothballs – The scent of mothballs is said to repel silverfish as well. Mothballs also help rid your home of other insects.
- Boric Acid – Sprinkle a small amount of boric acid powder around the areas you believe are affected by silverfish. Silverfish will be attracted to boric acid and will eat it, but the boric acid will actually kill the silverfish bugs. Some find this very useful because often times silverfish will take boric acid home to their nests to feed their babies, which kills them as well. Keep in mind boric acid should be kept away from children and pets.
- Herbs – Herbs such as rosemary, sage and bay leaves help to repel silverfish. You can create little baggies with a mix of herbs and store them around places you find silverfish.
- Diatomaceous earth – This is a powder substance that is non-toxic to humans and pets. It is not recommended to inhale diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth causes silverfish bugs, among other insects, to become dehydrated and kills them. Sprinkle some around any silverfish-ridden areas.
- Table salt – Sprinkle some regular table salt around areas you may find silverfish. The salt will cause the silverfish bugs to become dehydrated and will kill them.
- Cedar shavings – Cedar is a natural insect repellant that will help repel silverfish and moths as well. Silverfish are said to dislike the smell of cedar shavings, so sprinkling these around the home may help to repel silverfish bugs.
Homemade silverfish traps
There are a few different traps you can make at home to help catch silverfish. These items are usually found around the house and can be made very easily.
- Jar trap – Using a clean, empty canning jar, cover the outside with masking tape. The tape will help the silverfish to climb into the jar. Use bits of old paper, cotton balls or dried cereal as bait. Once the silverfish fall into the jar, they cannot escape because of the smooth surface of the jar. This is often why silverfish are found in sinks and bathtubs. You may also fill the jar with a little bit of soapy water.
- Newspaper trap – Using moist newspaper can attract silverfish bugs. This method can be a little difficult, as you need to catch the silverfish inside the newspapers before they feed and leave. Once you have caught some silverfish in the moist newspaper, throw the newspaper away, preferably outside. You may want to consider burning the paper aw well, but this is not necessary.