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How to effectively banish aggravating silverfish from your home with a lavender-infused method

Fish are not dangerous to humans.
Fish are not dangerous to humans.
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2:55 PM EST, February 5, 2024, updated: 4:14 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Silverfish, also known as bristletails, are insects that thrive in humid, warm, and dark places, which is why they particularly favour our bathrooms. They can be found most frequently in apartment buildings with poor ventilation.

Want to know how to expel silverfish from your home? Learn an effective and fragrant method

Silverfish have a preference for foods high in sugar and starch. When these are not available, they resort to eating remnants of dead insects, rotting leaves, mold, and cellulose-rich paper. However, a lack of food poses little problem for them - they can survive without it for up to a year.

Eliminating silverfish from your apartment means first and foremost, thorough cleaning, most importantly vacuuming. If silverfish have taken up residence in your bathroom, it signals excessive humidity. Though it is impossible to eliminate humidity from a bathroom completely, it can certainly be reduced. You should thoroughly wipe the floors after each bath, focusing especially on hard-to-reach corners. It's also good practice to ventilate the room for at least an hour after using the tub or shower.

Silverfish are enticed by dark, damp, and steamy places. By ventilating the bathroom and lowering the temperature, the bathroom will become less appealing to silverfish, however, this shouldn't be relied upon as a standalone solution. Thankfully, there exists an effective method that's not only safe for human health but also fills your bathroom with a pleasant aroma.

Silverfish can't tolerate the scent of lavender. To drive silverfish from your kitchen or bathroom, you could prepare a homemade fragrance spray. To prepare it, you'll need: lavender essential oil (it must be essential oil - a fragrance scent will not work), water and lemon juice. Pour 1 cup of water into a spray bottle, add 15 drops of lavender oil, and juice from a whole lemon. Shake the bottle and spray in areas where silverfish are known to frequent. This will make the bathroom smell pleasantly of lavender, leading the insects to make a quick exit.

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