LifestyleAvoid silverfish infestation at home with these simple deterrents and effective cleaning tips

Avoid silverfish infestation at home with these simple deterrents and effective cleaning tips

How to get rid of insects from the home?
How to get rid of insects from the home?
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7:00 AM EST, February 9, 2024

These creatures are considered unwelcome guests in many households. Silverfish feel particularly at home in our kitchens, bathrooms, and other dark, damp rooms. Their diet comprises paper, cotton, sugar, flour, mold, and dead skin cells. Despite this, they are entirely harmless - they don't bite humans or carry any diseases.

Place deterrent in corners, and silverfish will retreat

Interestingly, silverfish can survive without food for up to a year. Furthermore, they multiply at an impressive rate, capable of laying up to 20 eggs per day. They typically build nests in the crevices of bathroom tiles, beneath baseboards, or inside seldomly visited cupboards.

While they don't harm us, and even serve a cleaning function by consuming remaining residues, not everyone is comfortable with their presence. There are several effective strategies to dissuade them from nesting in our homes. One such method involves an aromatic mix, comprised of ground cinnamon and dried rosemary, that's then sprinkled in room corners.

Homemade traps can also work well. Lay out a plate or card smeared with a little honey. Attracted by the sweet treat, silverfish will become entangled on the sticky surface. However, maintaining cleanliness at home is the most effective deterrent.

While deterrents and traps are useful, prevention is key

Keeping your floors clean to prevent the accumulation of crumbs and leftover food is crucial. If possible, avoid drying wet laundry inside your home. Use your balcony or another exterior space instead. When storing clothes in the wardrobe, ensure they're scorched to avoid creating a damp environment that attracts various pests.

Don’t forget the importance of regularly airing your rooms. It's worth noting that insects can't survive below 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

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