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Eliminate Silverfish from your Home Forever!

Updated on July 4, 2012

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photo of a silverfish

Silverfish are very unsightly little creatures and, it can be a real pain to eliminate them for good. If you live in a climate that is very humid, you are more than likely going to suffer a silverfish infestation than those that live in cooler climates. This is because silverfish bugs love warm and damp areas. One piece of advice I will give you if you do live somewhere humid, invest in a dehumidifier! They may come at a price but you will benefit from it in the long run.

There are a number of ways you can ensure silverfish elimination, one of these is to use silverfish pest control products but this isn’t always the answer. They can be expensive and if you want to make sure you eliminate silverfish from your home forever; the last thing you need is to be at the local hardware store every 5 minutes buying yet another can of spray. Instead of spray try using cockroach traps; these are just as effective at killing silverfish and you never know you might catch the odd cockroach as well.

Other methods on how to get rid of silverfish are homemade, try putting some masking tape around a jar with some bait in it, this can be pretty much anything from sugar to a little wallpaper paste. The silverfish will climb into the jar but won’t be able to get out again. You can also use small pieces of cardboard that have been coated with a paste; silverfish will go MAD for these but won’t be able to get off the cardboard once they have stepped on it because of the sticky surface.

Once you are confident that you have managed get rid of your silverfish bugs, you can take steps to ensure they do not return. This doesn’t mean that you have to constantly put traps around the house; you can use natural items in order to keep silverfish out of your home. Try putting some cloves in places that you have seen silverfish, I guarantee you, they will not cross the path of a clove; silverfish hate the smell of them. Other items silverfish don’t like the smell of are cedar and citrus. Have some cedar placed in certain places silverfish are likely to go to such as in the bathroom or kitchen. You can also buy citrus sprays that smell really nice to you but not to the silverfish.

Herbs are another thing that silverfish hate; just pop some in a bag and dot them about your home. If you follow the steps contained in this article and make sure you do it consistently, you will definitely be able to rid your home of silverfish bugs forever!

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      NC4Life078 

      6 years ago from United States of America

      I enjoyed the hub, although I do wish that you had explained what a Silverfish is. I hadn't spent a lot of time looking at the picture and assumed it was a "Fish". The reader is left confused as to where they may find a silverfish and what it is. Perhaps you can compare it to another insect, for example a termite, or a centipede. Are these insects harmful or just pests?

      One thing you could do is start another hub on "what is a silverfish" and back link it to this one.

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