By Elizabeth from Gold Coast, Australia
Silverfish (and any other crawling-bug pests--cockroaches, earwigs, ants, centipedes, etc.) can be safely, efficiently and cost-effectively controlled with diatomaceous earth (available in specialty garden stores). It looks and feels like talcum powder and usually costs less than $10 for a 5 pound bag (a lifetime supply). It is non-toxic to humans and pets since it scratches the outer casing or breathing structure of insects and bugs, causing them to dehydrate. A pest only has to walk through some of it and they are as good as dead! As long as it remains dry, it is effective continuously, forever.
Just apply a thin line of diatomaceous earth along baseboard cracks--or anywhere else pests appear, or dust a specific area. If you know what your particular pest likes to eat, you can also make simple "traps" with a dish of diatomaceous earth and some tasty bait placed where you have the problem. One of the best methods of continuous pest control is to dust the space between your walls or under cabinets.
I need a cheap way to kill silverfish and moths. Anything that eats holes in my clothes while in the wardrobe or chest of drawer.
Brian from Australia
I have just found a silverfish in my bedroom. Does anyone have a pet friendly recipe to get rid of them?
By Barbme from Toronto, Canada
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.
Mix all ingredients well, wash hands, 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. (03/26/2009)
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