Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Silverfish Out
Silverfish are nocturnal insects also known as fish moth, fringe tail and tassel tail. They are small, about a half inch to an inch in size, wingless, light bluish gray in color and can be very invasive in a home. These small insects are known to primarily feed on carbohydrates, especially sugars and starches, and are very commonly found in processed food packages and cabinets. They prefer dark, damp spaces and can take over basements, attics, bathrooms and kitchens if allowed to thrive and breed. Since they are nocturnal and secretive, a silverfish infestation may go unnoticed for a while. But like any insect infestation there are ways to keep them from overrunning your house without the use of harsh chemicals and toxic substances.
The best way to keep pests out of your home is of course preventing them from invading in the first place. There a few things you can do to keep silverfish at bay or at least control an infestation that has already occurred. Getting rid of the types of food sources that silverfish prefer is the first step. Anything in the cabinet that contains sugars and carbohydrates should be sealed up in tight plastic bags or containers to prevent the silverfish from getting in. Any old rotten books, cardboard, pressboard or loose paper hanging around should be thrown out if at all possible as Silverfish will feed on these as well.
Check around your home to find moist spots that silverfish might congregate in. Cleaning up spills and keeping excess moisture out of your home will help in controlling the population. Also check to make sure there are no leaks in pipes anywhere and also check all the drains and vents to make sure there are no cracks. If there are seal these up as soon as possible to prevent any new silverfish from entering the home. Having a clean home is paramount to preventing and controlling an infestation.
Another fantastic and Eco-friendly way to keep silverfish at bay is with the use of certain plants. Rosemary is a great deterrent for silverfish and can be kept in the kitchen. Silverfish will not go anywhere near it. Also the odor of cucumber peels and costmary sprigs placed strategically around areas where silverfish might frequent will drive the insects away. Perhaps the best deterrent is camphor which can be purchased as camphor balls.
While plants will help eventually the scents of these will fade so a more permanent method could be the use of boric acid. Boric acid is a low toxicity substance that offers a safer healthier alternative to toxic pesticides. It can be sprinkled around the home or mixed with jelly to attract the silverfish. Since silverfish have delicate exoskeletons coming in contact with the abrasive boric acid or ingesting it will kill them.
Of course there is also professional help when you need it. If the infestation becomes too much, a Green Home Pest Control specialist can offer environmentally friendly solutions to keep silverfish from taking over your home.
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