7 Steps to Successful Silverfish Extermination
If you are experiencing from an infestation of these unpleasant little bugs called silverfish, you must be asking yourself; what are silverfish? its important to know what these creatures are and how they live, if you want to know how to get rid of them.
Silverfish are 300 million years old and are very good at surviving. They live long lives for insects, 2 or 3 years, they copy prolifically, and they can eat almost anything. Its because of these factors that simply putting silverfish poison all over your home will often not solve your problem. Here is an overview of the 7 steps you must take to get rid of silverfish in your home for once and all:
Step 1: Find and seal the entrance
The silverfish are entering your home somehow. You need to find out where they are getting in and seal that entrance. Only then can you turn your attention to the ones already in your home.
Step 2: Fill in the fractures
One of the reasons that after poisoning the adults silverfish in their homes, many people see more appearing a month later, is because they lay many eggs. These eggs hatch after 3 to 4 weeks. Silverfish love to hide in and lay eggs in fractures in the floorboards, or under the skirting board, in the walls, anywhere. So search your home for fractures and fill them in.
Step 3: Change your living conditions
The silverfish are there for a reason, they have nice living conditions. And you need to remove these as much as you can. Silverfish love dark, warm, moist areas. Try to find all the moist or damp areas in your home and dry them out. You can use a dehumidifier, or sometimes its a matter of changing your habits. For example if you always leave a wet floor in your shower, silverfish love it.
Step 4: Remove the easy food supplies
This step is the tricky one, but perhaps the most important one. In answer to your question; what are silverfish? you could answer; eating machines. They eat a lot and they can eat almost anything, from houseplants to the glue in your books and the mildew on your bathroom wall. Its best to research in detail the complete range of what silverfish can eat, because you have to seal all food supplies away, for at the minimum the week you are dealing with this problem. It sounds a big job, but its worth it in the end for a bug-free home.
Step 5: find the silverfish hot spots
You now want to try to locate where the biggest populations of them are in your home. They will most likely be in the darkest, warmest, moistest areas as we discussed. You can get an idea by laying out sticky traps around the speculate areas. In the morning the ones with the most silverfish are most likely near the biggest hot spots.
Step 6: Lay out the poison
Here you want to get some effective poisons or traps from your local DIY store. Most are equally effective, but sticky traps are a nice different to the boric poison which any pets might accidentally ingest. Put it out, concentrating around the hotspots.
Step 7: Check again
Two weeks later you should lay out a new bunch of sticky traps to check there really are none left!