How to get rid of silverfish

How to get rid of silverfish in the house

I minnows d’argentowhose scientific name is Lepisma saccharina they are shiny insects, fast and wingless. They are found in most homes.

They are not insects harmful for the man even if, of course, some might not like having them at home.

Theirs color it is silvery and they have an elongated body similar to a fish, hence their name. The true problem that can cause these house bugs stems from them Power supply. In fact, silverfish feed on carbohydrates such as sugar or starches.

It is essential to eliminate silverfish quickly as females lay 2 to 20 eggs per day throughout the year. This means that the timing to find a ‘infestation full blown, they are really very short.

What silverfish do

As mentioned, they are absolutely not harmful to humans, they do not bite and do not carry diseases. Due to their eating habits, however, they can damage irreparably i bookswhich they are very fond of.

The insect loves glue and sugary dairy products, so it will attack them first bindings some books. However, it is good to specify that these dust bugs do not live between the pages. When they are found in these places, they will have simply been surprised at their banquet.

Books that the little fish are fond of
In addition to the books also the photoi paintings eh postage stamps I’m at risk.
Being a very not picky insect, if it does not find this type of nourishment it will also attack the clothes in cotton, linen or silk.
Finally they could even fall back on leather garments or on synthetic fiber clothing.

Methods for fighting silverfish

There is no shortage of methods, either natural that chemists and each of these has its pros and cons. The first step is to understand where the silverfish have made theirs she is.

Damaged paper by silver minnows
They usually prefer to live in zone buie e humid, similarly to many other insects such as cockroaches, bedbugs and millipedes. Fortunately, this means that efforts to eliminate them will also kill many other types of insects, which live in the same areas.

Silverfish near a window
The lepisma saccharina loves, as mentioned, paper, glue but also damp wood. They can be spotted on sills o in wardrobes damp placed both in the garage and in the cellar. In general, however, it is better to initially look for the colony in the following places in the house:

  • Bathrooms, especially under sinks or in showers
  • Basement, garage or cellar
  • Inside the wardrobes especially if they are damp
  • Attics and attic

Once the burrow has been identified, proceed with one of the following methods.

Insecticidal spray for silverfish

There are not many brands that produce spray specific for the lepisma saccharina but fortunately something is found, such as the products of Repellshield or of the DFNT.

Insetticida RepellshieldRepellshield insecticide for silverfish

The spray can also be used to prevent but has the following problems; the effectiveness will not be the best if you fail to locate the burrow and it will also leave the bodies of the insects around the house.

Obviously being an insecticide it also contains toxic substancesso if you have pets or children in the house, it is better to turn to another product.

Silver fish detail
If the silverfish instead are found in cellars o garagethis will be the ideal product.

Traps for silverfish

These types of products to combat silverfish are very effective but they have another flaw which is that will act much more slowly.
The positive point, however, is that you will not have to go crazy to look for the location of the burrows.

These baits they are sold most of the time in the form of container inside which there are, in fact, a bait and an insecticide.

Nexa trap for silver minnowsNexa trap for silver minnows

The Lepisma saccharina will be attracted from the bait and will feed on the insecticide.
The animal will not be killed immediately but will return to the lair poisoning the whole colony.

Now precisely on this last point it is understandable that it may seem a decidedly barbaric practice, similar to chemical warfare. Alternatively, like Nexa products, the traps will act with an adhesive that will catch insects.

Fortunately, there are other methods less lethal as will be seen shortly.

Use ultrasound to eliminate silverfish

This soft solution will help eliminate all the bugs in the house, not just silverfish. These particular repellents use a technology ultrasound to keep away all unwanted guests.

Gardigo ultrasound emitterGardigo ultrasound device

The devices emit waves at frequencies that obviously cause a lot of annoyance to insects, who will be forced to set sail for other shores.

How to get rid of silverfish naturally

There are also manynatural repellents, such as that of dehumidifying environments. These insects of the house in fact already love humid environments, so by eliminating the water from the point where they were sighted they will go elsewhere.

This solution is very useful in confined spaces such as wardrobes or cellars because it will be enough to buy one portable dehumidifier.

Another great method will be to take advantage of their natural gluttony atstarch. Just put one potato peeled where you think the burrow might be and wait.

The fish attracted by the food will come out and at that point they can all be removed by throwing the tuber.

The minnows are fond of potatoes
They also exist herbs e spices strongly scented which seems to be not at all appreciated by these small insects, like cedar oil. They can also be used cinnamon sticksleaves of laurel o cloves whole.
They will need to be placed in what seem to be the favorite places for these insects.

Me too’boric acid finally, it can be very useful to the cause.
This is a substance that, when it comes into contact with the saccharina lepisma, causes their death.

But we must pay close attention because, even if it is an organic product, it turns out harmful in the case of ingestion. So if you have animals or children, it is better to choose something else. Using this substance is simple, as it will be enough to spread it in areas infested with silverfish.

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