Silverfish are small (1/2 inch) primitive insects that are found in dark, damp, warm places throughout our homes. They prefer starchy materials such as cereals, wallpaper and book bindings as food but in large populations they may do damage to cotton and linen fabrics.
Non Chemical Silverfish Control
Air conditioning, dehumidifiers and increased air circulation will help to decrease
silverfish populations wherever practical. Removing the food source will help most. In basements and attics these are most likely boxes
of old clothes and books. In infested closets all clothes should be removed, cleaned and returned after the chemical application has dried.
Chemical Silverfish Control
A good residual insecticide such as Demon WP or Suspend should be applied
every 3 weeks in three separate applications. These multiple sprayings spread over many weeks insures that the egg to adult cycle of the
insect is completely broken. Pay particular attention to the molding at the top of the rooms sprayed and behind bookcases, etc. In
addition to a good residual spray a release of a good aerosol in key locations will aid in control. Populations of silverfish will be found
outside during the summer months. During these hot months a good perimeter spray around the house is recommended to prevent
reinfestation. This spray will also deter roaches, ants and spiders from invading your home.
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