Silverfish are small annoying insects that can cause considerable damage if left unchecked.
Since the diet of silverfish can include such diverse things as paper, sugar, coffee, carpet, clothing, glue found in book bindings, cotton, silk and even synthetic fibers, they are capable of inflicting a lot of damage.
Even though silverfish can be destructive and a nuisance, they do not spread disease. The natural predators of silverfish are house centipedes, earwigs and spiders.
Fortunately there are some simple ways to get rid of silverfish. Here are 7 ways to stop silverfish from becoming a pest.
1/ Lining cupboard shelves with newspaper will keep silverfish out of your cupboards.
2/ Wipe the insides of drawers with eucalyptus oil.
3/ Put some camphor blocks in the bottom of your wardrobes to keep silverfish out.
4/ After cleaning your door mats, spray the backs of them with a little mineral turpentine to repel them. As an added bonus this will also keep fleas away.
5/ Put a few drops of oil of turpentine (also called spirits of turpentine or pure turpentine and should not to be confused with mineral turpentine which is a completely different product) in the bottom of chests, cupboards and drawers. This will not only discourage silverfish but moths as well. This is especially effective in the summer months.
6/ Sprinkle some Epsom salts in areas where silverfish have been seen. This is useful in drawers, cupboards, bookcases etc.
7/ Placing a few whole cloves and some unwrapped cakes of soap amongst your clothes or in a pocket in your coats will repel silverfish.
These methods are not only simple and effective but also inexpensive ways to combat the silverfish menace.