4. Use Borax

You may have heard of borax as an efficient stain remover; however, did you know that chemically borax is the salt of boric acid and is equally effective at eliminating silverfish?

Borax is highly toxic for silverfish, the issue is how to make them consume it? The solution is to mix borax with powdered white sugar (confectioner’s sugar is good) and place in an area convenient for them. Be careful however if you have any pets or baby in the house. Never place this mixture in their sight of where they can reach it, we do not want any accidents.

How to do it: Just mix 3 tablespoons of borax and 3 tablespoons of powdered white sugar in a small bowl until evenly combined. Place in areas that are prone to silverfish infestation. They will eat and say goodbye world. Saturate the same areas for at least a week or until all signs of silverfish are no more.


5. Set a DIY trap #1

Get an empty glass jar and “yes it must be glass”  and wrap some sticky tape around the outside so that it has some grip for the silverfish to crawl up.

Place some bait on the inside of the jar such as glue, paper, food- anything they eat.

Place the jar in an area that you know they will be and leave overnight. Let it stand upright. They will find themselves on the inside trying to get the food, only to find that they cannot walk up the slippery glass surface. Silent thieves caught!

Now take that jar and do as you wish!


6. DIY trap#2

This one is too easy! Get some newspaper and roll it up. Moisten it with water, they will love it that way. Place it in an area that the Silverfish gathers. Leave it overnight. In the morning just scrape it all up and do as you wish! Some people burn the bundle. But you may do as you wish. It’s your catch- and your silverfish!


7. Insect starvation plan #1

Place all foods in containers that are impossible for the insects to penetrate. Glass jars and see-through storage bins will do just fine. Just ensure that all the food are kept tightly covered and properly stored.

8. Insect starvation plan #2

Without this plan, the first one is totally useless!

Clean, everything and everywhere! This may sound a bit tiring and it may be in the initial stage of the plan. But please note that this is the first and best trick to keep out any insect from your home. Once the food in nowhere to be found, the insects have no interest in the area.

Most insects find themselves in homes because of the wonderful scent of food and the tiny food particles that we have no interests in. In this case, we have to pay attention to every spill – from the floors, counters, tables, ovens, microwaves, and stovetops and even in the food storage areas! — All food spills should be totally cleaned up. Then sanitize the area to kill microorganisms and food scent.

With these last two tips, you will be getting rid of more than just silverfish! You will make your home an insect free environment over time.

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    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      Most definitely! It will first attract them and them kill them all

    • Actually, when you mix borax and sugar the combination will kill ants!

  1. They also hate bay leaves. Just sprinkle in corners of the room and closets. Always worked for me. Buy the jumbo size package in Costco. It really does work.

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