How to Keep the Silverfish Out
Lepisma Saccharinas are nocturnal insects living in dark, damp places, such as under sinks or cabinets. They feed on paste, wallpaper, and glue and can cause a lot of damage to your home if left unchecked. While they don’t pose any particular health risks to humans or pets (they don’t bite), they do wreak havoc on your belongings by eating books, clothing, and other household goods. This guide will walk you through how to keep silver fishes out of your home and prevent them from destroying your belongings.
Clean up clutter:
You can reduce the number of bugs in your home. One of the best ways to reduce the number of bugs in your home is to clean the clutter and eliminate hiding places and food sources. Beetle loves clutter, so don’t have piles of paper or other items. In addition, cleaning up clutter will help remove moisture and humidity from your home, which makes it harder for silverfish to breed.
Sweep and vacuum cracks and crevices regularly:
Regularly sweep and vacuum the floors, baseboards, and walls. Clean out the pantry. Clear pet food dishes and food pockets from corners, behind appliances, in cupboards, and pantry closets. Remove old newspapers from your garage or basement and boxes stored in these locations for long periods. Sweep under furniture cushions regularly where silverfish like to hide out of sight, so they don’t get caught in traps set out by people trying to kill them off!
Reduce humidity in your home:
Keep the humidity in your home below 50 percent. It will make your house less hospitable to silverfish and other insects. Use a dehumidifier in rooms where moisture is a problem, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
A dehumidifier is a great way to keep moisture levels low in your home. Unfortunately, beetles are also waterbugs, so you’ll want to ensure that the dehumidifier works properly and keeps your house dry. If you don’t have one, consider getting one!
Replace or repair any water damage:
Beetles love to hide in and around water damage, so if there’s a leak in your home or if you’ve got any wet spots, you’ll need to fix it. First, repair leaks in your roof, pipes, or air conditioning unit. Then, using a hose or broom handle, you must also remove standing water from small puddles on the ground outside your house.
Try a natural insecticide such as boric acid:
Boric acid is a natural insecticide that you can use to eliminate silverfish infestations. It is usually sold in powder form and may also be found in liquid or gel, depending on the brand. The main ingredient in boric acid is borax, which is found in many areas where silverfish live—indoors and outdoors—so it will help to keep them away from your home and kill them when they’re already inside.
Keep food sealed.
Keep food sealed. Beetles love to eat, so if you aren’t using your food and it’s left in an open container or bag, they will be drawn to it like moths to a flame. If you leave food out for longer periods, ensure that it is covered with something airtight like plastic wrap or wax paper so that the silverfish don’t have access to it.
Use traps or glue boards to catch silverfish on your own.
You can use several bug traps to reduce the population of these insects in your home. A sticky trap is a piece of cardboard with a sticky substance. These bugs will walk over the surface, getting stuck as they try to escape from the glue. You can also use glue boards and place them in areas where you’ve seen a lot of activity.
Hopefully, this article has given you the information you need to keep silver fishes out of your home. The key points are to clean up any clutter, sweep and vacuum crevices regularly, reduce humidity in your home (use a dehumidifier), repair any water damage that might be present, and seal food items properly (don’t keep them open for too long), use traps or glue boards to catch them on your own if necessary and finally keep an eye out for other pests like roaches!