Silverfish: How to Control Them

Have a Silverfish Problem in Your Home?

Who are they?: Silverfish is named because of the grey hue color which they possess. These harmless insects do not bite or spread diseases among humans. You can easily recognize them from their carrot-shaped bodies and a handful of antennae around their bodies.

These ugly insects move quickly and if they are left to hang out, they can easily peel off books, clothes, and even wallpapers. They like to come out during the night time and their favorite places to be are dark, damp areas including basements, your bathroom sink, and kitchen where food is found.

If you have found this insect inside your house, Its straight forward to just spray them away with an insect killer, but often this is not the right way to completely wash them away. If you spot many silverfish hanging around your home, it indicates you have infestation happening around your home.

Cleaning up silverfish in huge numbers with an insect-killing spray can be difficult as well as challenging if you do not choose the right professional approach.



Silverfish like to eat paper and wood and live near the damp places. The best chance of trapping them is by providing them with their favorite environment.

Take a newspaper and damp it with water. Tape the newspaper on its corners by rolling it across and put it around your home.

Check the newspaper every morning to see if contains silverfish inhabiting inside. If you find it, burn the paper.

Repeat this process for a week or until you completely wash the silverfish away. As silverfish hardly come out of their nest in the day time, so you have to be patient as it can take you a couple of weeks to trap all of them successfully. Here are some natural approaches to control and kill silverfish which doesn’t require chemicals.

Using Diatomaceous Earth:

Diatomaceous Earth is a food-grade that is known to be very effective in killing silverfish and other insects. It is totally nontoxic and largely used in USA and Canada in replacement to the chemical pesticides in killing many insects.

If you look at the particles of Diatomaceous Earth with a microscope you will observe they look like sharp shards of glass. When silverfish eat it they cut their body and ultimately the insect dies.

Cedar Shavings: Cedar Shavings are very popular in repelling and killing insects naturally. The smell of cedar shavings is aromatic because of volatile

compounds that are given off.

Spice Packets: Silverfish do not like the smell of spices and they are made to run away from the places which contain spices. Given this fact, you can easily grab some spices like cinnamon powder, cloves and other spices of this kind and put them in a small bag. Hang the bag around the kitchen and places where you want repel silverfish. This is an effective and easy to use method for repelling silverfish away.

Lavender or Citrus Oils: One other homemade solution which you can prepare is by mixing lemon juice, lavender essential oil, and water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray around the areas you want to keep silverfish away. Both lavender and lemon juice irritates silverfish and keeps them away.



If you opt-in using a pesticide to control the silverfish make sure you have done the thorough inspection of your home and identified places where breeding places of silverfish. Inspection and identification of silverfish are most critical and should be done with care to be able to effectively control the insect. If not done correctly, this will continue to bother you even using pesticides.

You have more chances of succeeding by using professional pesticides. Cyonara 9.7 Insecticide, Martins Viper Insecticide Concentrate are some those solution which are easy to mix.  They are odor free and safe to use inside your home. These chemicals are very effective in killing and getting rid of silverfish infestation. Put the chemical in the sprayer and spray around cracks and crevices.

If the infestation area is far from the reach of a sprayer, make sure to use insecticide dust such as Delta Dust or CimeXa Dust. They do a great job reaching very close to silverfish infestation area and making the area uninhabitable for them.

You can also try out trapping and baiting methods to control silverfish. Dekko Silverfish packs do an amazing job for controlling an infestation of silverfish. Lay down the Dekko Silverfish packs around the areas you have noticed silverfish. In order to trap scattered silverfish use the glue boards as Insect Trap which is a good option in catching and trapping silverfish.



After getting rid of the silverfish either by using a pesticide or by using a nontoxic method, it is important that you do not provide silverfish their favorable environment inside your home. You do not want to see silverfish again after spending all that time and the money. Here is how you make keep silverfish out.


Removing Humidity: Silverfish loves damp and humid environment which help it nourish and start breeding quickly. Make sure you do not have any pipe leakages inside your home. Regularly check your basement for damp areas and dry if you find any. Silverfish do not like cold temperature so this can also be another trick to keep them away.

Getting Rid of Old Wallpaper: Silverfish makes their home if you have cracks in the walls or have broken wallpapers. This provides them with live inside their favorite living place especially the ripped wallpaper which provides them both living space and food for them. Fill any cracks in the walls and clean ripped wallpapers. If the wallpaper is too old, it worth replacing it with the new one.

Controlling What You Keep: Keep all your food items inside cool and dry cabinets which are away from the easy reach of silverfish. If you do not need any old clothing, food cardboards boxes, make sure to either burn or throw them away. Do not stuff your basement with all the old unnecessary items which attract pests inside your home.

In the end, if you find all of these methods difficult and you think you are not the right person, get help from one of our experts on how to get rid of silverfish in your home.

We will offer suggestions and recommendations that will help you eliminate and prevent Silverfish in your home.