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How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

Updated on November 15, 2014

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

Silverfish or fishmoth, I know you have seen them. YIKES!!! Are they in your home? There are chemical free, safe for children and pets, easy and effective ways to get rid of Silverfish in your home. Silverfish can do more damage than you think to your home!

Silverfish are a wingless insect about 1/2 inch to an inch and are silvery blue in color and have a fish-like appearance with it 's movements.

Whatever they are they gross me out!!!!

Where They Live

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

Silverfish prefer dark areas such as kitchen cabinets. Silverfish also like papery areas such as old books and newspaper stacks, areas with high humidity. Get rid of those old newspapers to help you get rid of those Silverfish!!!

Silverfish can be found anywhere in your home including garages, closets, underneath beds, couches, electrical appliances such as keyboards, yes anywhere.

Help...It's the attack of the Silverfish in my home....Help me get rid of the Silverfish!!!

What Silverfish Eat

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

Silverfish like to feed on the glue behind your wallpaper. If you let it go on for too long they can cause costly damage that will significantly lower the value of your home or cost you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in repairs.


Silverfish like paper and this includes your precious photos.

Silverfish also like to munch on sugar and can easily get into your cereal boxes. That's enough to gross anyone out!!!

Silverfish are also attracted to eating silk, synthetic fabrics and cotton clothing, so they may be crawling around in your clothes when you hang them in the closet. You won't be too happy when you put on shirt that has silverfish in it or in your curtains.

You might find Silverfish in your shower or bath munching on your shampoo or shaving cream, they like the cellulose ingredients.

Did you know that Silverfish, in extreme cases, can live up to a year with no food!!!

Where Are The Silverfish Coming From

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

It is easy to tell where silverfish are, because they are always near some food. You can catch them in starches, sugars and protein. Starch is a silverfish favorite, so watch your food carefully. I keep my sugars and cereals in airtight containers, keep them fresh also. You can also find silverfish in synthetic fibers, cereals, silk, starched fabrics, wallpaper pastes and glues. If you think a specific part of the house is infested, then clean that part thoroughly before silverfish can damage your stuff.

Signs that silverfish had fed on something include notches, holes and scrapings with irregular shapes. Usually, you will see these marks on wallpaper because silverfish try to get the paste. You will also notice yellow stains on your shirts, pants and any type of fabric.

One way to find out if you have Silver is to mix water and flour together in order to prepare a thin paste, and then with the help of this paste paint both the sides of few index cards. When the index cards get dry, locate them in the regions where you think you have silverfish. If there are few irregular notched edges and scrapping on the index cards, then you have Silvrefish.

Get Rid Of The Moisture

How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

To get rid of Silverfish, you have to go to the source. Silverfish live in moist areas. In your house, moisture is high in places where water is present, like in piles of mulch, piles of leaves, attics, kitchens, bathrooms, leaks and sinks. Silverfish also thrive in books, bookshelves, water heaters, stoves and laundry rooms, because they like it in places where the humidity level is high.

Silverfish can be controlled through moisture reduction, you can reduce moisture at home. Fix everything that leaks. It's best to use silicone caulk in infested areas to cover cracks. You can also use humidifiers inside the house. Silverfish don't survive in dry environments.

How To Get Rid of Silverfish Forever

Get rid of silverfish, naturally, not chemically

The Attack Of The Silverfish - I laughed until I cried!!!!

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    • bornot2b1 profile image

      bornot2b1 4 years ago

      Only found out recently that they love eating books (if there are any damp patches there), and since I love books, I begin to look at silverfish with different eyes.

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have lived in peace with these little chaps for most of my life. What's the big deal? They are probably very good for your health. " Let the silver fish live," say I.

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      Fridayonmymind LM 5 years ago

      Annoying little critters

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      YUKKY! They are so ugly and creepy.

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      grahamcox lm 5 years ago

      Very interesting - we have them at work

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      MuffinPuffART 5 years ago

      Awesome Lens!

      When I was young we lived in a huge run down house that had silverfish. I only ever saw 2 of them but always found them to be hugely fascinating. I was always so sad that they are so fast as I would have loved to have gotten a better look. Bugs really interested me when I was a child.

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      Rymom28 5 years ago

      I hate these bug, I nick named them "shrimp bugs" because that is what they remind me of. Good tips to get rid of the little things!

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      Very good lens.Very useful information. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really WOW I never knew this! Thanks this is a very useful Lens.

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      Bangladeshi 5 years ago

      Iâm impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog thatâs both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

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      household33 6 years ago

      Really nice Indepth Review about how to get rid of Silverfish. Can't add anything to it. Hope to see more well researched lenses like this one.

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      emmajowebster 6 years ago

      the video is very funny!

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      Great lens! When I was young, we had them in the apartment and they were tough buggers (pun intended!) to get rid of.

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      jr808 6 years ago

      Great lens! I currently have a silverfish problem in my home, though I've eliminated it greatly, they still exist.

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      Great lens, a real help. Unfortunately moisture control can be a lot more difficult of a problem for some people depending on where they live but good advice to have all around.

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      You suggest using humidifiers but I think you meant dehumidifiers -- a humidifier would add moisture, which would make the problem worse.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I have never seen these little pests!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Nicely done lens. I think one of the buggers bit me once. Keep sharing the wealth.

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      travelers 6 years ago

      really helpful article about silverfish elimination. I also built a site around how to get rid of Silverfish bugs in a short period of time, without using any chemicals. This technique is 100% natural and organic.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have had a problem with silverfish before but since putting mothballs in my draws and cupboards touch wood, everything has been ok

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      these gave me the shivers, yuck. very educational lens to watch out for them around the house, gave you a 'thumbs up' for how creative this is.

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      David Dove 6 years ago

      wierdly interesting, thank you - I think.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks, love your informative lens.

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      Egads! I tried not to look at the pictures of these creepy things. Well done.

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I hate bugs in the house. Especially these and those million leg thingies. Blessed by a bus-tripping angel ...

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I hate bugs and creepy crawlies. This lens gave me the willies just thinking about those yucky silverfish. But thanks for the info. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      garishwasil lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for the useful info !!

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      JackalyeYe 6 years ago

      very useful lens, thanks.

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      r2fish 6 years ago

      This is such a fascinating lens I found it so full of useful informative information. Thank you for sharing this with us...

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada deal with all the truly delightful issues in life. I never knew what a silver fish was till I worked at a ski lodge in the mountains and saw them there. They aren't too

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      dannygator7790 6 years ago

      Ugh, such a cool name for such a nasty critter. Thanks for the tips though!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I collect antique valentines and other old paper ephemera. Silverfish can ruin old things like this with their nibbling. I keep my collections in tightly sealed plastic boxes just in case.

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      i am in the habit of saving more soft-copies of documents rather than printing it out! no paper, no silverfish! cheers

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      Lauri_Niskasaari 7 years ago

      This is really good and useful information about getting rid of silverfish. I totally agree with you. Thank you for sharing all the good stuff!


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks so much. I liked your Squidoo.

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      cloudiosify 7 years ago

      I have these thing in my house too! Never thought they are pest.

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      cloudiosify 7 years ago

      I have these thing in my house too! Never thought they are pest.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My husband and I once owned and operated a pest control business. Silverfish have a charming name and, in the strictest sense of the word, are pretty. But, one does need to get them out of one's home. Thanks for sharing this important information about how to get rid of silverfish.

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      bidhints 7 years ago

      I won with this disgusting worms by using this:

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      I know they are pests but aren't they kind of cute, all gleaming silver?

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I knew I was going to regret clicking on this lens. Heebie jeebies

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very good information. Blessed.

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      photofk3 7 years ago

      Very important, useful info. Thanks.

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      wilhb81 lm 7 years ago

      SIlverfish? Oh my god, my biggest nightmare have returning, when someone mentioned about this word O.o For your information, a few boxes of my books have been totally destroyed, thanks to these tiny little pests!

      Good job for pointing out the important tips on how to get rid of Silverfish, Ny.

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      Vikki 7 years ago from US

      I've never seen silverfish before; those pics gave me the heebie jeebies. lol Hope I never see them!

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      Plantstay 7 years ago

      I had never seen a silver fish until I moved here to Cali. I have to say that they are hideous. Thanks for the topic. It was interesting to read all the things that those pest like.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I have not had a problem with these critters for more than a decade now. Nice lens.

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      Thanks for the useful tips!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My house was full of silverfish not that long ago and not only were they they gross they seemed to be on a search and destroy mission. The stuff they ate and ruined was unbelievable. I have managed to get rid of them, but in case of emergency I'm bookmarking your lens.

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      Sue Mah 7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Thanks for the information on silverfish. I normally just wipe the surfaces and throw away those things that were infected.

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      Oosquid 7 years ago

      I didn't know there was that much to know about silverfish and I did not know they love glue!

      Thanks for the information.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      Thank for the useful tips for getting rid of silverfish. I haven't seen any lately maybe because I am more concerned about ticks and fleas lately in this hot weather.

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      girlfriendfactory 7 years ago

      Wow, I never knew these little things were so destructive! I found one inside of a framed picture on my wall not long ago. I don't have wallpaper, maybe that's why he went in the picture. I'm definitely looking into this more! Great job!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Silverfish haven't been a menace around here lately because it's so dry. But I have seen them!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I don't have silverfish, but it is sure good to know how to keep them out too,

      Really don't like bugs much at all, but some are good to have around.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      Thank you for explaining why they're in my walk-in closet.

      Annoying. I live practically in a desert, and they're STILL HERE.

      They were all over the garage when I moved in-- the previous owners had the garage totally full of boxes and stuff. I've cut way down on them with a silverfish bait thing from the garden store, but I can't seem to get rid of them.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I am happy to report that I have never seen a silverfish in our home.

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      Nan 7 years ago from London, UK

      I've never seen these anywhere but in the bathroom, usually in older homes. They leave a funky silvery sheen behind when you squish them.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Very helpful lens, especially for a used book dealer. I'm going to have to check out some of your other lenses on getting rid of unwanted visitors, as well.

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      Achim Thiemermann 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I don't think we have any silverfish in my kitchen, but if they ever show up I know now how to get rid of silverfish. That's good. Thanks a bunch! :)

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great comments!!!

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      Very Impressive lens your images are awesome,I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great ideas and inspritational lens. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust - Fixes

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      I thought silverfish only loves eating paper. Never really knew bout starch, sugar, etc. It is good to know now what they are really going after. Thanks for sharing this information.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Helpful info. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      Great Information!

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      photogrrl 8 years ago

      Thank you for the info! I have seen these gross bugs around my house and I recently pulled my shirt out to wear and it had holes in it...YUCK!!! I had no idea they were to blame. I will follow your advice and get rid of them.

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      adamquean lm 8 years ago

      Great information, thank you

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      Kimsworld LM 8 years ago

      Great information on getting rid of silverfish.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I thought I had already visited this lens. Guess not. Great tips for getting rid of silverfish. Enjoyed meeting you today.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      There was a time we had these down in our basement. What is worst is that I had nylons hanging in the basement and put them on with the silverfish in them. (Didn't know they were there at the time.) Nice info.

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      Gamganny 8 years ago

      @mamakat lm: getting rid of the source is key to getting rid of silverfish! I actually saw one, only one, in my kitchen the other day. Did I say panic stricken????

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      mamakat lm 8 years ago

      Nice lens. My mother-in-law passed away earlier this year, at age 99. She had never thrown anything away in 99 years. We actually had nearly 20 years worth of magazines stacked, and in boxes. I filled 6 + banana boxes with them and donated them to a school. She loved books and had hundreds of them. She had several more banana boxes full of old junk mail, 40 years of bank statements you name it. As you can imagine, all that stuff was loaded with silverfish. Once we got everything cleaned out though, I never saw another sign of them.

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      PsyQuin 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing, I read your lens with great interest because I did see some silverfish in my home recently. Luckily for me, the cats like to eat them! Very informative lens, I like it.