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How To Tackle A Silverfish Infestation

Silverfish are pretty harmless to humans and pets, but they are not a pleasant houseguest. These silvery creatures love to stay in cold, damp places like basements or underneath bathroom sinks. If you have spotted one of these bugs lurking in your house, or know that you have an infestation, we have a few tips preventative tips you can use to keep these insects away from your home.

Why are silverfish in your home?

Silverfish, like most pests, invade homes because there is an abundance of food and lack of predators. Homes also have plenty of dark, damp hiding places for them to nest. All of these benefits combined make for a silverfish paradise. If you have a basement, you are more likely to have a silverfish infestation at some point.

Preventative steps

There are various methods of removing silverfish, but you should use a mix of preventative steps and extermination methods. If you have an area of concern, and think silverfish may be nearby, spread cedar shavings around the area. They do not like the smell and will avoid those areas. Silverfish, like many insects, also cannot stand the odor of lemon and lavender. Buy either oil, dilute in a bottle of water and spray the mixture in areas likely to attract silverfish. These areas may include sinks, cupboards and the edges of rooms.

To keep silverfish from making home inside your living space, decrease the humidity in your home. Silverfish love to stay in moist, humid places. Use a dehumidifier, close your shower curtain so it can dry out and fix leaky pipes. Also be sure to store food properly. Store foods like cereal, pasta, sugar and pet food in airtight containers.
Squashing silverfish infestations

If you have spotted silverfish slithering around your home, we can help you remove them. Contact our professionals at CimeX pest control for help. We perform free inspections upon request. We also tailor our plans to each pest problem, making sure we remove critters the first time. Call us at (602) 688-4985 or send us a message at