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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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July 17, 20070 found this helpful
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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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July 19, 20071 found this helpful

I have not tried this but kept the recipe on hand in case I ever needed it.

Silverfish Bait

1 cup oatmeal, ground to flour in a blender

1/2 tsp. white sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. powered boric acid

Mix all ingredients well and put a teaspoonful in a couple of shallow containers placed near hiding spots. Cover bait with crumpled pieces of paper. The silverfish will eat the bait along with the paper and then die. Keep the bait away from children and pets.

Silverfish seek out food sources that are high in starch -- particularly books, magazines, and wallpaper. They'll also munch on flour and cereal, starched clothing, and some synthetic fabrics. Reducing paper and properly storing clothes and pantry items will make your home less appetizing for them.

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