Silverfish are tiny pests with a silver-grey tinge on their body. They scamper away quickly with their tapered bodies. They are capable of destroying the newspapers, documents, files, clothes, food, wallpapers etc. with their droppings. They are attracted to warm, moist, dark and hidden corners that are hard to spot in your home. Such places offer them the necessary warmth, moisture and dust for them to feed on and keep breeding. Read ahead to understand what the natural remedies to keep silverfish away from your Perth property in an effective manner are. 

  • Essential oils 

Essential oils with a citrine, lavender and cinnamon flavour act to repel silverfish as well as other pests. Cleaning or spraying your home, including the hidden spots used by these pests can help banish these tiny insects in no time. 

  • Boric acid 

Boric acid is a bit more lethal alternative that you can use for silverfish pest control services in Perth. It is toxic, venomous and can be hazardous to children, pets and adults alike if drawn in. To use it you need to just dilute it in water and then spray it onto all the silverfish infested areas in your house. 

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  • Cedar shavings 

You can use cedar oil and shavings for managing the silverfish infestation in your home. Cedar oil acts as a common and organic insecticide. The smell of the cedar oil repels these tiny insects and hence is effective in eliminating them. Spraying cedar shavings or cedar oil on the infested areas is helpful. The sprayed place will become a little untidy but it can be vacuumed and the shavings can be placed on infested area once a week. 

  • Cinnamon oil or sticks 

The usage of cinnamon oil or sticks is similar to that of cedar oil or shavings. You can use powdered cinnamon, cinnamon oil or sticks to place or scatter in the infested areas. The aroma of cinnamon oil is agreeable to humans but not at all the same for the silverfish. They loathe it and hence it is all the more effective.  

  • Using Citrus fruits  

Silverfish are also deterred by the smell of citrus fruits like orange and lemon. For that, you can use orange peels or you can also create a citrine spray by mixing water and lime juice for spraying the affected area. 

  • Cloves 

Cloves have eugenol which fends off silverfish. For using this hack, you just need to keep one whole clove in all the points in your hoe that have been infested by silverfish. You can place them near cracks and crevices near walls, tiles, basements, and drainages etc. The aroma of the clove will drive these pests away and they will dash out of your home. 

  • Salt  

Using salt is the simplest way to eliminate silverfish. They are drawn to salt but consuming it quickly causes them to desiccate and perish. Salt will also absorb damp in the area. 

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Some important measures for silverfish control  

Prevention is always better than cure. The undeniably effective way to keep your property free of silverfish is by keeping them from having access to your home to begin with. Since these pests feast on warm and dark conditions, the recommendations given can help in making your home an unfriendly dwelling place for these annoying pests that love a damp environment. 

  • Identify and have leaky faucets and pipes repaired so as not to provide moisture to silverfish or other pests that feed on excess moisture. 
  • You can also use a dehumidifier to tone down the humidity in the indoor air at your place. 
  • Vacuum and dust cracks and spots behind walls and appliances on a regular basis to eliminate the eggs and larvae of the annoying pests that silverfish are! Doing so will prevent more of them from entering your home through these cracks. 
  • Also vacuum places wherever you sit and eat as food crumbs are bound to fall while eating. 
  • Make sure you store your edible, processed and dried items in airtight containers. Remember to trash those lying in the pantry that have crossed their expiry dates. 
  • Make sure there is proper ventilation in all parts of your home, especially the warm and closed parts. 
  • You can place naphthalene balls on your shelves, warm and damp areas cabinets, cupboards, wardrobe and other places infested by them. Once they come in contact with its strong smell, they are sure to die. 

Connect with the best pest control Mundijong service provider on 0480032292 for more details. Professional pest controllers would be able to offer much better support and direction for eliminating the silverfish on your property. 

Reviewed by: John Smith, Ph.D., MSc

John Smith is a renowned expert in the pest control industry, with over 20 years of experience in the field. He is a licensed pest control professional, and has worked for both commercial and residential clients throughout his career.Throughout his career, John has developed innovative and effective pest control strategies, and has helped countless clients rid their homes and businesses of unwanted pests. He takes pride in his work and is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to his clients as well as providing technical assistance to branch offices and clients throughout Australia.In addition to his professional work, John is an active member of several pest control industry organizations, and regularly contributes to industry publications. He also prepares scientific reports for Ace Pest Control on any changes or updates to government regulations affecting the Pest Control industry.

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