The Number One Mistake to Avoid With Silverfish Extermination
If you have an infestation of these troublesome little bugs, you don’t necessarily need to pay a couple of hundred bucks for an exterminator to get rid of them. Good silverfish extermination just comes down to following the right steps and there’s no reason why you can’t get rid of them yourself within a week or two.
The key is to understand their living and eating habits, and also their breeding cycle. Silverfish have a remarkably long lifespan for an insect, and they breed like rabbits. Adult female silverfish will live up to 3 years and they can lay eggs throughout their entire adults lives, giving birth to hundreds of offspring. When it comes to extermination it’s the eggs that often lead to problems.
Here is the number one mistake people make trying to exterminate silverfish in their homes. Many people just get some silverfish poisons and kill off dozens of silverfish around their home, only to start seeing more of them 3 or 4 weeks later, as the new generation starts crawling out to find food.
They will lay their eggs in little cracks and crevices around your home, and if you don’t either fill in these gaps, or lay out salt or poison in them, you will miss the eggs, which are very hard to see.
The second reason why silverfish can reappear a few weeks after extermination is that you haven’t dealt with the real sources of the problem. And effective silverfish extermination requires realizing why you have this problem, and changing the conditions so that when you kill the existing ones off, more don’t come into your home to take up residence.
Firstly, try to find places where they might be entering your home. This could be cracks under doors or windows. Check for cracks around piping leading into the house, or maybe the ventilation hole in your bathroom. Do what you can to block up any possible entrance. This will stop more coming in, so now you can deal with the ones already inside.
When it comes to silverfish living conditions, they love warm, moist places with a good food supply nearby. If you know this you can start searching for these conditions in your own home and try to reduce the moisture and food sources.
One example is your bathroom, where the floor can often be wet around the shower. They can also be commonly found in the kitchen under cupboards or the fridge. And also in the laundry, the attic, near the boiler and even the basement if it is damp down there. Try to dry all these areas out, a dehumidifier can work well. And certainly fix any leaks.
Also, to deal with the eggs problem, fill in any cracks you find anywhere, in walls, floor or skirting boards. Sprinkle with salt too just to make sure.
Then you want to reduce the food supply. Silverfish eat many things from your cereals, to the bindings of your books (they love the starch in the glue). They eat mold and mildew, so make sure you don’t have any in your bathroom, and even your clothes. It’s certainly worth researching into further sources of possible silverfish food. You want to get this job done well so you only have to do it once.
Once you have cut off their entrance, removed food sources and cleaned up damp areas. You are now ready for the actual silverfish extermination, where you get some good traps and poisons and lay them about near to the hot spots where you have seen the most of them. You should find that once they are gone this time they are gone for good.