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How to get rid of silverfish naturally

Updated February 21, 2017

Silverfish are an insect that are attracted to glue and binding in household walls. They can be difficult to get rid of, and there are dozens of different poisons and deterrents on the market, but you can get rid of them using natural materials as well.

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  1. Get rid of excess moisture in your home, as silverfish are attracted to water and humidity. Fix any leaky pipes and invest in a dehumidifier.

  2. Take precautions that you would with other bugs. Keep your place clean and the floor free of old food or crumbs. Silverfish can eat numerous materials, such as paper, crumbs, mould, cotton, silk and linen. Also, caulk and fill holes, cracks and edges in your walls and foundation. This will help seal up their entry points.

  3. Use whole cloves to deter silverfish, as they hate cloves. Place cloves in areas where you see frequent silverfish; cracks and holes; or back corners and shelves that you feel they might be hiding in. Eventually the silverfish will give up because the smell of cloves will be everywhere.

  4. Keep an eye out for where you see silverfish. This will help you place the cloves in the exact places they frequent, and drive them out more quickly.

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Things You'll Need

  • Whole cloves
  • Dehumidifier
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Caulk and filler, along with supplies

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