Silverfish are small primitive insects
that are found in dark, damp, warm places throughout our homes. They prefer starchy
materials such as cereals, wallpaper and book bindings as food but in large populations
they may do damage to cotton and linen fabrics.
Chemical Control -- A good residual
insecticide such as Ficam, Suspend, Cynoff,
Cypermethrin EC 4 Oz. or Demon
should be applied every 3 weeks for three separate sprayings. Products containing
Cypermethrin (Cypermethrin EC 4 Oz., Cynoff, Demon) are the
best for silverfish. When used as directed, these products will also safely deter
other pests, with little or no odor. Pay particular attention to the molding at the
top of the rooms sprayed and behind bookcases, etc.
For population reduction and/or
long-term control a professional bait can also be used. Niban FG is the best bait for silverfish and is also
labeled for roaches, ants and crickets. In addition to a
good residual spray indoors, providing a barrier on the outside surface of the structure
will aid in preventing future invasions from outdoors. Silverfish will be found
outside during the summer months. During these hot months a good perimeter spray
around the home is recommended. Using the same product that is sprayed indoors,
simply treat around doors, windows and other entry points. Also spray any mulch or
landscape timbers, retaining walls and other areas frequented by silverfish, firebrats, roaches, ants, spiders and other pests. (See Our Gallery of Pests!)
Non-Chemical Control --
Use Silverfish Traps. Air
conditioning, dehumidifiers and increased air circulation will sometimes help to decrease
silverfish populations wherever practical. Removing the food source will help most.
In basements and attics these are most likely boxes of old clothes and books.
In infested closets all clothes should be removed, cleaned and returned after the
chemical application has dried.
Professional Pest Control
6920 Pine Forest Road
Pensacola, Florida 32526
Ficam Niban FG
EC 4 Oz. Demon
Roaches Ants Spiders