6 Natural Ways to Instantly Get Rid of Silverfish Bugs
A quick summary of getting rid of silverfish or fish moths at home.
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth over areas where silverfish bugs frequent.
- Spray cedar oil solution into cracks and crevices.
- Put cinnamon sticks in drawers and cabinets.
- Grow indoor plants that help keep the silverfish at bay.
- Sprinkle boric acid into areas where you think the silverfish are hiding.
- Place a few sticky traps near high traffic bug areas.
Most Effective Silverfish Bug Control Products
Do you have a silverfish infestation that’s starting to get out of control? If so, it’s best to use ready-made products to start getting rid of the silverfish bugs. Here is a list of silverfish control products we recommend for homeowners.
Insect Magnet Trap
This works for many insect pests including silverfish bugs. Place the insect magnet near high-traffic bug areas. The insect magnet contains a unique pheromone that entices the bugs to enter the trap. Once in, the silverfish won’t be able to escape. We like the Insect Magnet because it’s easy to fit into small, tight corners of the room.
Safer Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is a powder that can help kill silverfish bugs by causing them to dehydrate. It is one of the more effective solutions to getting rid of pests because bugs like silverfish can’t really develop a resistance to it.
Dekko Silverfish Trap
The Dekko silverfish trap is an economical method to controlling silverfish bugs. The active ingredient of the Dekko silverfish trap is boric acid. As we’ll explain later in the article, boric acid can help kill silverfish by damaging their exoskeletons.
Home Remedies for Killing Silverfish Bugs
Here are some natural home remedies you could use to get rid of silverfish bugs at home.
1. Diatomaceous Earth
Get some food-grade diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle the powder near high-traffic silverfish areas. Diatomaceous earth sticks to the bug then compromises their exoskeleton. When compromised, moisture starts to get out of the bug and the silverfish eventually dies from dehydration.
2. Cedar Oil Solution
Cedar oil emits a smell that silverfish absolutely hates. Mix cedar oil with water then spray the resulting solutions into areas where the bugs frequent. Silverfish are commonly found in damp, dark places.
3. Cinnamon Sticks
Silverfish also don’t like the scent of cinnamon. Consider placing a cinnamon stick or two in your drawers and cabinets (as long as you don’t mind the scent of the cinnamon).
4. Grow House Plants
House plants can be beneficial in many ways. Consider growing plants like chrysanthemum and lavender. These flowering plants can keep insect pests away from your home.
5. Boric Acid Trap
Boric acid works in a similar way to diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle a bit of the boric acid powder into areas where you think the bugs are hiding. Please note that boric acid could be mildly toxic to pets so use with caution if you are a pet owner.
6. Sticky Traps
If you would like a ready-made solution then consider getting a sticky trap. For example, the insect magnet has a scent that attracts the silverfish bugs. Once they enter the trap, they are done for good. Most sticky traps are easy to discard.
Silverfish Prevention Tips
In addition to taking the above steps, it is also very important to future-proof your home. It’s important to learn what silverfish are attracted to and steps you could take to prevent them from entering the household.
Silverfish prefers areas with high humidity. The nymphs also mature faster in such conditions so you should do what you can to address this issue. Make sure there are no leaks in the bathroom or kitchen. Make sure your home is well-ventilated. Get rid of any wet debris that accumulates near your home. If you live in a region with a humid climate then consider getting a dehumidifier.
Keep your home free of potential food sources. Get rid of old newspapers and magazines. Keep dry foods (e.g. pasta, cereal) in airtight containers. Clean up food crumb and vacuum your floor on a regular basis.
Identifying Silverfish Infestations
Sometimes, it isn’t easy to identify a silverfish infestation. They may spend most of their hiding in small, dark places. Here are some signs that may indicate a silverfish infestation at home.
- Silverfish bugs may leave small chew marks on the leaves of indoor plants.
- Tiny holes may start to appear on the wallpaper.
- Have a lot of books at home? Check for damages to the spine of the books.
Published on March 15, 2017 by Sam Choan.