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How To Get Rid Of Silverfish

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How To Get Rid Of Silverfish


Winter is the perfect time for silverfish infestations, so if you’re wondering how to get rid of silverfish read on!

As the weather cools down in Brisbane, silverfish, like many pests, will start looking for warm and cosy spots to spend the winter. This makes your home an ideal location for them to set up shop. With heating creating the perfect temperature, and an abundance of food sources, silverfish can quickly multiply and become a real nuisance.

Silverfish are nocturnal insects that are typically up to 2.54 cm long. They are silver to light grey colour and are covered in scales giving a fish-like appearance, hence the name. However, your home and your belongings are not safe from these crawling insects. You will usually find them between the pages of your books, or in cupboards. Do not underestimate these tiny insects. They can do more than enough damage to your belongings, and they can be a terrible headache.

Some common signs of a silverfish infestation include:

  1. Small holes in books, wallpaper, or clothing
  2. Yellowish stains on fabrics and papers
  3. Finding their molted skins or actual silverfish around your home
  4. Unusual damage to food packaging

What You Can Do Against Silverfish

The problem with silverfish is that an infestation can go unnoticed for a long time. Their presence is sometimes only noticed once damage has occurred. They are also very shy creatures and like to stay out of sight.The best thing to do is prevent an infestation if you can.

Here are some things that you can do to keep your home silverfish free.

Clear your yard

Piles of wet leaves and bark are a haven for silverfish. A tangle of weeds also attracts these little insects. If you have wood piles that you need, keep them off the ground and clear of the house.

Keep your home clean and tidy

The more stored items in your home, the more it becomes a silverfish paradise. Do not underestimate the power of household cleaning and tidying. When done regularly, it can go a long way in preventing pest infestations.

Remove Cardboards

If you have cardboard boxes lying around from a recent move get rid of it once you have unpacked. Don’t store cardboard in roof voids or cupboards as this will certainly attract silverfish.

If you’ve finished with those books that have been on the shelf for a while, give them away to a charity shop or friend. Books are an inviting item for silverfish and they don’t read them – they just destroy them.!

Give us a call!

Prevention is better than cure! Regular pest inpections can help you prevent pest infestations before they can even start. Include it as a part of your regular home maintenance activities. Call us now to book your inspection.

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Jason Neale is the owner of Sunnystate we are a professional Pest Control and Termite company servicing customers throughout Brisbane – Ipswich – Gold Coast and have been in the industry for over 20 years and is also a keen blogger.