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How to Prevent Silverfish from Invading Your Home

Once silverfish make themselves at home in your house, it can be difficult to get rid of them. Oftentimes, you may not even realize they’ve invaded until you glance down and catch one scuttling across the bathroom countertop.

There are steps you can take to prevent silverfish from infesting your home. Check out these silverfish prevention tips from U.S. Pest Protection.

Seal Your Food Supplies

Don’t let silverfish become the world’s least-wanted cereal box prize when you pour your cereal for breakfast. These pesky insects are drawn to starchy materials and sweets, which makes your cereal, pasta, and other dry goods stored in cardboard boxes a target.

To discourage silverfish from making your pantry their own personal buffet, invest in sturdy, airtight containers for food storage. Not only will airtight keep your food safe from silverfish, but your food will stay fresher for longer.

You should also store baking goods, such as flour and sugar, in airtight containers. After you use baking goods, be sure to wipe the exterior of their containers. Even traces of starchy or sweet food could attract silverfish.

Get Rid of Your Clutter

Decluttering your home is an easy way to get rid of silverfish. Whether it’s a stack of old magazines you’ll never read or clothes you don’t wear, make sure to throw away or donate them. Any old belongings stuffed beneath your bed or in your closet can easily become a food source for silverfish.

Keep seasonal clothes in airtight containers to protect them while they aren’t being used. You should also make sure the boxes are kept in dry, clean spaces.

Reduce Moisture in Your Home

There’s a reason you typically find silverfish in your kitchen or bathroom. Silverfish need heat and humidity to survive, making your sink, shower, or bathtub the perfect place to call home. On occasion, they’re even drawn to ovens or fireplaces.

Keep your bathroom well-ventilated and use a dehumidifier for other areas of your home. You might also consider sprinkling a substance called diatomaceous earth, or DE, around your baseboards. When silverfish come into contact with DE, it destroys their waxy exterior coating, which causes them to dry out and die.

Call U.S. Pest Protection to Prevent Silverfish

While do-it-yourself prevention methods may keep silverfish away at first, they are incredibly persistent and, without professional intervention, could eventually infest your home. With U.S. Pest Protection’s free inspection and estimate, you can take the guesswork out of preventing a silverfish infestation.

Take the most important step toward keeping silverfish out of your home and contact U.S. Pest Protection today.

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