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As with many insect infestations, immediate pest removal is often an excellent first step in pest control. Vacuuming instantly reduces silverfish populations in an environment, jump-starting your silverfish remediation program. When vacuuming, use a vacuum with a disposable bag so that you can discard the contents (and the silverfish) in a sealable container outside the home upon completion. Remember that the largest concentrations of silverfish are going to be in dark, out of the way areas like cracks and crevices or inside wall voids. Using a want extension, seek to vacuum into as many of these silverfish harborage areas as possible, knowing that you are unlikely to get them all. The mission here is to remove as many live silverfish as possible in order to move forward with other parts of the silverfish control program. Vacuuming can and should be done throughout the duration of your remediation program as well.
Silverfish Place Packs are a ready to use, easy to apply, highly effective way of controlling silverfish populations. These packs are readily consumed by silverfish, with the boric acid acting as a stomach toxicant resulting in effective kill. Simply place 2-3 place packs in affected areas such as attics, closets, bookcases, drawers, basements, and other areas where silverfish may be harboring. Silverfish place packs should be replaced every 3 months or so to ensure a fresh supply and ongoing protection.
In addition to the silverfish place packs that function upon being eaten, insect glue boards or sticky traps can serve as an additional tool to speed up the silverfish elimination process. Place insect monitors along walls, beneath sinks and cabinets, and in other areas where silverfish may be likely to harbor or travel. Remove and replace silverfish monitors as necessary. In addition to serving as a means of silverfish removal, these traps will also become a valuable tool in helping you determine any remaining silverfish presence over time. After several months without capturing any silverfish, it may be reasonable to conclude that the silverfish problem has been resolved, at least temporarily. You may wish to continue using monitors moving forward to detect any reintroduction of silverfish and resume additional efforts before their populations have an opportunity to regenerate.
Because silverfish tend to flourish in areas of high humidity, silverfish populations are often most pervasive in bathrooms, basements, attics, and similar areas where moisture content is higher than average. When silverfish infestations are advanced, it is sometimes necessary to consider reducing the moisture content in the impacted areas. Provided there are no structural deficiencies such as roof or plumbing leaks, a dehumidifier may be a practical option to reduce the relative humidity levels within the structure. Many space dehumidifiers are available for an affordable cost. It should not be overlooked that most instances of extreme silverfish populations happen in combination with high areas of moisture.