How to Keep Silverfish Out of Your Home 

08 April 2024 · 2 min read

Silverfish are small, wingless insects known for their silvery, metallic appearance and their appetite for consuming carbohydrates, such as sugars and starches, as well as other organic materials like glue and paper. While they are not harmful to humans, nobody wants silverfish crawling around their home, and they can be a nuisance if they infest your home. Throughout this blog, we will discuss tips on how to keep silverfish out of your home and prevent them from becoming a problem. 

How Do Silverfish Get into a Home? 

Silverfish are resourceful pests that can enter homes through various pathways. Beyond cracks and crevices in the foundation and gaps around doors and windows, they can also infiltrate homes by exploiting outdoor vegetation like mulch or dense shrubbery, which provides easy access through exterior walls. Additionally, storing firewood near the house can serve as a bridge for silverfish to enter, especially if it’s stacked against the exterior walls. Pet food, with its high carbohydrate content, can attract silverfish if stored improperly, and infested items like used furniture or second-hand clothing can introduce them into the home. Plumbing and utility lines, roof damage, and even shared walls in multi-unit buildings provide additional avenues for silverfish infiltration. Being mindful of these potential entry points and taking steps to address them can help homeowners effectively prevent silverfish infestations

What Are Ways to Prevent Silverfish From Coming into a Home? 

To effectively keep silverfish out of your home, it’s essential to adopt a comprehensive approach. Start by sealing any potential entry points, such as cracks and openings around doors, windows, pipes, and vents, using caulk or weather stripping. Since silverfish thrive in humid environments, reducing moisture levels is crucial. Utilize dehumidifiers in damp areas like basements and crawl spaces, promptly fix any leaks, and ensure proper ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens. 

Additionally, decluttering your living spaces and storing items like books, clothing, and paper in sealed containers or plastic bins can eliminate hiding spots for silverfish and deter their presence. Limiting food sources by promptly cleaning up crumbs and spills and storing food in airtight containers also helps prevent infestations. Consider using natural repellents like cedar, lavender, or citrus scents in areas where silverfish are likely to enter, and maintain regular cleaning routines, including vacuuming and dusting, to eliminate eggs and larvae before they become a problem. By implementing these preventative measures, you can effectively keep silverfish at bay and maintain a pest-free home environment. 

How Does Greenhouse Treat for Silverfish? 

Greenhouse uses eco-friendly methods to treat silverfish infestations, focusing on prevention and sustainable pest control practices. Our approach starts with an inspection; our trained technicians conduct a thorough inspection of your home to identify entry points, nesting areas, and potential moisture sources that may attract silverfish. We point out any areas where silverfish can enter the home possibly in any cracks or crevices; we also point out moisture issues in your home, such as leaky pipes or poor ventilation. Greenhouse experts then use environmentally friendly products that are safe for pets and children to target silverfish infestations. We also offer an outside lawn spray to create a barrier against silverfish to stop them from entering your yard and ultimately your home. 

By combining eco-friendly pest control methods with our proactive lawn spray, Greenhouse ensures effective silverfish management while prioritizing environmental sustainability and the health and safety of your home and family. 

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