How To Eradicate Silverfish In Your Home
Silverfish or fish moths are tiny insects with carrot-shaped bodies, they are often white, brownish-grey or bluish-silver in color. They are nocturnal creatures so they come out at nights only to search for food. Therefore, just like termites, they can go undetected for long period, and cause destruction on your belongings.
These silvery insects feed on starch and animal protein; consequently, they are especially attracted to damp clothing and paper. Once they have gained a footing in your house, they get to work, silently destroying clothes, papers, books, leather items, and even wallpaper. OKC pest control has even heard reports of people finding them in unopened food packages!
Silverfish are most commonly found in laundry rooms, kitchens, damp cabinets or cupboards, basements, and attics as they prefer cold, dark, and damp places.
Here we will explain eight (8)ways to solve your silverfish problems.
1. Essential Oil Combo
For this, you will need:
1 cup water
1 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon boric acid
8 drops of Tea Tree Oil
8 drops of Lavender Oil
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray in all infested areas to eradicate silverfish.
2. Use Clove Essential Oils
You can also rub clove essential oil over cracks and crevices in your walls or foundation to keep silverfish away.
In a spray bottle, you could mix half cup rubbing alcohol and 15 drops of clove essential oil. Shake well and use it in areas prone to silverfish build up.
3. Use Cloves to Repel
Cloves contain eugenol, this is a compound that is highly beneficial in preventing tooth decay in us humans, it also serves as a highly powerful natural insecticide.
Whole cloves have an expressly strong smell that effectively repulses silverfish. This property of cloves can be used to an advantage to prevent and eradicate silverfish infestations in your house.
Here are a few ways to do it
Place a small bowl of cloves in areas that show signs of silverfish invasion. You may also place small bowls containing cloves in your basement or attic, or any other damp and dark areas that are vulnerable to silverfish.
Alternatively, you can place small muslin pouches containing cloves in these said areas. You may also place the pouches in your wardrobe or bathroom cabinets to keep silverfish at bay. Replace the spices every 7 to 8 days to keep the clove smell strong and effective.