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Silverfish can be a pervasive pest and should be gotten rid of as soon as possible. This is a guide about silverfish in books.
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July 17, 2007

How do you get rid of silverfish? My daughter has had books in storage and the boxes contain silverfish. She is moving to a new house and wants to keep the books if possible - minus the silverfish.

Cybergrannie from Florida

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Hi, I am a former librarian. We always checked out classroom book sets in plastic boxes because cardboard boxes are acidic and can expedite the yellowing and aging of the books as well as attract silverfish. Plastic boxes are better, or if that is too expensive, the previous poster recommended plastic bags that are sealed inside the cardboard box. The plastic would protect the books from dampness too.

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I have silver fish in my books. What is a non-toxic method of getting rid of them?

Denice

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Silverfish in Books

Infested books can be sealed in a plastic bag along with some desiccant and placed inside of the freezer for three days to kill any resident silverfish and firebrats. If your book case has become infested, consider spreading some diatomaceous earth behind the books on the shelves to keep the moisure levels down and kill any paper-eating insects that may be hiding out.

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desiccant - is a substance that absorbs or adsorbs water. It is most commonly used to remove humidity that would normally degrade or even destroy products sensitive to moisture. Silica gel, calcium sulfate, montmorillonite clay, and molecular sieves are commonly used as desiccants.

(01/26/2007)

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