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HOW TO HELP GET RID OF SILVERFISH

Silverfish can infest your food and leave ugly stains where they hide. Learn more about these fast-moving pests and find out what to do if you have a silverfish infestation.

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WHAT ARE SILVERFISH?1

Silverfish are nuisance pests with silvery, metallic scales and antennae as long as their bodies. They often live in damp, cool spaces in your home and can hide in tiny crevices. Silverfish are notoriously fast and can even move sideways.1

Don’t let the sight of these creepy creatures darting across the floor leave you disgusted. We’re here to help with expert tips and silverfish control products to help you protect your family and kill these pests.

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SIGNS OF A SILVERFISH INFESTATION

Silverfish are so fast, sometimes you can’t spot them. Signs of a silverfish infestation include yellow stains, especially on linens or book pages, and irregular feeding marks that look like etchings on surfaces.

HELP ELIMINATE SILVERFISH

If you spot silverfish in your home, don’t panic. Just follow these simple tips to help get rid of silverfish and protect your home from these speedy insects:

  • Keep kitchen floors, counters, and cupboards clean. Pay special attention to cracks where the baseboard meets the floor.

  • Wipe down bookcases, closet shelves, and door and window frames.

  • Vacuum behind the oven, microwave, toaster, and refrigerator.

  • Declutter the areas where you see silverfish.

  • Use a pest control spray to kill silverfish on contact.

  • If you have a heavy infestation, use a fogger product to help kill silverfish where they hide.

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WHAT DO SILVERFISH EAT?
A close up of a silverfish sitting on wood.

Silverfish typically scavenge for small crumbs, but they may also infest stored food like cereals. These silvery insects are even known to eat certain fabrics, wallpaper glue, paper, and book bindings.

HELP KEEP SILVERFISH OUT

You can help protect your home from these uninvited guests by following some easy silverfish prevention tips:

  • Declutter outdoor areas to remove hiding places close to your home. In warmer climates, silverfish often live outdoors near debris, stones, piles of wood, bark, or mulch.

  • Seal any foundation or exterior cracks.

  • Inspect cardboard packaging, furniture, and construction materials before bringing them inside as silverfish are often brought into homes in these items.

  • Try running a dehumidifier to make your home less humid and less appealing to silverfish.

  • Use a pest control barrier product to help keep silverfish from coming inside.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Silverfish can live up to several months without food. That’s why it’s important to treat the area as soon as you spot one—before they take up permanent residence in your home!

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