Can Silverfish Damage Clothing?

Tiny yellow spots appear on my clothing. Usually the spots are dotted all over the garment. We live in Florida. The house is old, but has been tented twice in 10 years. I have cedar in the closets and put diatomaceous earth along the edges of the closet floors. I believe that silverfish are destroying all my clothes. If the garment is white, it can usually be bleached, but if a color then it goes in the trash. This is costing a fortune because whole suits have been ruined. What can dissolve and remove these spots? What is it that these insidious insects are leaving behind? Covering the clothes with a plastic bag does not protect them. I bought a heavy duty cotton clothing bag from the Container Store and it was covered in yellow spots.


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March 25, 20190 found this helpful

They eat clothing. Some feces from insects leave yellow spots. Yellow spots can also be caused by sunscreen

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March 27, 20190 found this helpful

That is classic silverfish "residue". I had problems with them several times in my life. The only way to get rid of them is to get rid of their first food supply, which is paper and cardboard and don't give them a comfortable home--they LOVE damp places. This usually worked for me and once when I cleaned out that stuff (no more cardboard boxes to store things and I tossed all the newspaper I used to wrap my not in use breakables--using packing peanuts or plastic grocery bags) and I had to start running the dehumidifier all the time. After these steps in most cases, they vanished.


One very damp summer, I had a bad infestation, which it sounds like you are having, I did have to VERY RELUCTANTLY--because it is expensive and I hate having chemicals in my home--but I had to call in an exterminator. I could not be in the house for a full day afterward because I am so sensitive to chemicals and chemical smells, so be aware of that.

After the big guns killed them all, I kept up with no paper, no cardboard and the dehumidifier all the time and (KNOCK ON WOOD) they have not returned. Its been several years now.

Price around for the best deal for the exterminators. Sometimes there are specials if you schedule online or if you are a senior.

I hope you can find a solution. These are nasty little creatures.

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