This webpage is the ultimate resource on how to get rid of silverfish in your home. These insects are very destructive and can cause a lot of damage to your house. They are capable of destroying clothing, food, paperwork, wallpaper, books and many other household items. They may not be dangerous to our health, but they are certainly dangerous to our wallets!
Fortunately, getting rid of silverfish will not require an exterminator or a lot of money. Killing these pests won’t even require you to contaminate your home with insecticides. With the proper advice, this pest control project can be done naturally and at a low cost. This page is full of valuable tips and resources to help you get the job done. In addition to using the fantastic natural ingredient mentioned below, please remember to follow the each step to ensure that you eliminate these insects once and for all.
Home Remedy for Getting Rid of Silverfish Naturally
What you will need:
- Spray bottle
- Orange essential oil
- Dish Detergent (optional)
What you will need to know:
- In order to get rid of silverfish, make sure you are using 100% (undiluted) therapeutic grade orange oil. The oil that I use is made by Plant Therapy and you can get it for less than $10 here.
- Mix 1 ounce of orange oil per gallon of water
- Some people like to add a few drops of dish detergent to give the recipe a little more kick. The dish soap is not natural but it is a very mild way to add killing power to the mixture.
A Pre-Mixed Alternative for Killing Silverfish
This is a product that I am really excited about. Orange Guard is a water based indoor and outdoor insecticide that may be used around food, humans and pets. It is 100% natural (made from d-Limonene). Orange Guard is EPA-registered and now available to consumers. It works naturally to get rid of silverfish, ants, roaches, fleas, aphids, spider mites and many other insects. It only costs a few more dollars than the oil itself! (view price)
Orange Guard was created by Tor McPartland. The inspiration for Orange Guard came from McPartland’s desire to find an alternative to harmful insecticides that pose health and environmental dangers. In 1984, McPartland read an article in Science News, where citrus hand cleaner was found to be extremely effective for killing insects. “If you ever look at oranges, you’ll notice that the peels are never bitten into by anything,” says McPartland. “Orange peel is a natural insect repellent.”
Pest Control Tips for Eliminating Silverfish without Chemicals
Step #1: How to find the infestation
Silverfish are nocturnal so you probably will not see them during the day. The best way to detect them is to look for signs of their presence. Keep an eye out for areas that are dark and damp. If there is a silverfish infestation you will most likely see small spots of excrement that look like black pepper. They also cause small holes and yellowish stains on clothing, wallpaper, cereal boxes, and other cardboard/fabric/paper products. These insects also shed their skin. So keep an eye out for tiny skin casts in your attic, closets, bathroom, basement and other areas around your home.
Step #2: How to kill the silverfish organically
Use your homemade recipe or Orange Guard to eliminate the infestation. Spray directly onto the silverfish and in the areas you suspect they are travelling or nesting. Always test these sprays before applying them to fabrics, walls or floors. It may stain some surfaces.
Step #3: Prevent silverfish from returning (important!)
Dehumidify your home. These bugs thrive in damp places and they are usually only found in areas with a humidity between 75-95%. If you can reduce the humidity in your home, it will help to get rid of silverfish also. A dehumidifier is the best way to control humidity in your home. If a dehumidifier is not in your budget, try to increase circulation as best you can throughout the troublesome areas.
Caulk all cracks and crevices. Buy some caulk and apply it along baseboards, cracks and holes around your home. This is particularly important to do in your kitchen, bathroom and basement. In addition to getting rid of silverfish, this will also help with other pest control issues you may have.
Remove food sources from your house. Keeping your floor clear of food is another great way to help eliminate a silverfish bug infestation.
- Store your boxes, books and clothing off of the floor. Use shelves and bins that are off the ground to reduce dampness.
- Keep your food in sealed plastic containers instead of boxes. Here is an inexpensive set of plastic containers that will keep your food safe.
- If you have old wallpaper in your home, consider replacing it.
- If you store clothing in your basement or a dark closet, consider keeping it in plastic bins to keep the silverfish out.
Vacuum your home at least once per week. Vacuuming will help to keep food sources to a minimum. It will also eliminate eggs from carpets and baseboards. If your carpets are damp, use a dehumidifier and/or increase circulation to the room. You can also dry out carpets by sprinkling baking soda on them and vacuuming it up after a few hours.
Keep your plumbing in good order so as not to create a damp environment.
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