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How to Get Rid of Silverfish in Your Home

Learn more about pest control for silverfish

Last month, we shared a few reasons why your home might become infested with silverfish. This month, we wanted to share a few ways you can get that silverfish infestation out of your home. There are a few things homeowners can do on their own to get rid of silverfish, but as always, BREDA Pest Management is ready to step in and offer a helping hand to get rid of these slippery suckers.

Keep reading to find out what you can do to get rid of silverfish!

6 Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish

  • Insecticides: Pest control companies can use insecticides specifically designed to kill silverfish. There are many all-natural and children and pet-safe options available, so do your research!

  • Dust: Silverfish can also be eliminated using insecticidal dust. This is arguably the best tool in a pest control technician's toolbox because it is long-lasting. You must dust all cracks and crevices of your home in order to get the most effect out of this method. It is a time-consuming task but one that will reward you with no more silverfish crawling around your home!

  • Baits: Pest control companies can also use bait stations with starchy foods or pheromones to eliminate silverfish. The BREDA Pest Management team uses Niban, a bait product that is 100% natural and very effective when trying to eliminate silverfish.

  • Traps: More often referred to as insect monitors, this pest control method is non-toxic and pesticide-free, relying on pheromones to lure the insect into the trap and then capturing them there with a sticky substance.

  • Inspection: A thorough inspection of your home helps determine the extent of the silverfish infestation and will identify areas where silverfish are commonly found. This will help you (or your pest control technician) to create a treatment plan that is specific to your home and will have enough effect to address the severity of the infestation.

  • Prevention: After eliminating the silverfish infestation, it's important to keep your home as uninviting to future silverfish as possible. A pest control company like BREDA can provide preventative measures to help ensure that the infestation does not return. This may include sealing entry points, reducing moisture levels, and removing food sources.

Silverfish are not a threatening pest, but you definitely do not want to continue letting them crawl around your home. One of the best DIY defenses against silverfish is inspecting and sealing all cracks, crevices, and entry points into your home. (This will also help prevent many other pest infestations!)

If your home has siding, make sure that dirt never comes within 6" of the bottom of that siding. If your home has a basement, this is a natural location for elevated moisture levels. Invest in a dehumidifier and run it regularly during the more humid months in Georgia. Routinely check your basement door thresholds to make sure that they aren't worn and cracked, as this will open up a highway for silverfish and other insects to take from your basement and into the main floors of your house.

If you find yourself needing pest control and want it handled thoroughly, don't hesitate to give us a call. The BREDA Guarantee promises to fix your pest problem and keep it fixed—no matter the circumstances. Schedule a consultation online or give us a call at 770-466-6700.