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Silverfish and Firebrat Control

Silverfish and Firebrat Control

Silverfish Prevention

  • Silverfish live in high moisture conditions. Dehumidifying reduces the moisture content and will help with silverfish control. Use a dehumidifier if necessary. Other methods of dehumidying include ventilation, running the air conditioner and eliminate all standing water.
  • Fix any faulty plumbing that may have caused leaks that may have increased moisture conditions.
  • Silverfish live in dark and moist environments. They feed on wallpaper pastes, natural textiles, books, and papers.

Control Recommendations

  • Find source of feeding ( wall paper, books, storage boxes) and reduce moisture
  • They may be coming in from the outside. Spray the perimeter of your house with a high quality residual spray like LambdaStar UltraCap 9.7, Cyper WSP or D-Fense SC every 2-3 months.
  • For severe infestations, use a dust in your attic or such hiding places such as attic insulation, behind refrigerators, light fixtures, electrical outlets. The recommended dust would be D-Fense Dust or Cimexa Dust. You can also use an insect bait like Intice 10 Perimeter Bait, scattered in the infested area. Keep children and pets away from the bait. Get Rid Of Silverfish Kit combines these products.
  • A non-chemical approach would be use of Pro-Pest Silverfish Traps

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  1. Bifen LP Insecticide Granules

    Bifen LP covers covers 5,000-10,000 square feet. Bifen LP is used to control ants (including imported fire ants), roaches, spiders, fleas, ticks, worms, crickets, and almost all other insect pests. Compare Bifen LP to Talstar PL Granulars with the same active Ingredient: Bifenthrin 0.20%, they both have the same label.

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  2. Invict Xpress Granular Bait - 8 oz, 4 lbs and 25 lbs

    Starting at: $16.58

    Invict Xpress, with Imidacloprid kills a broad spectrum of insects at top speed. The listed pests it kills include ants, roaches, crickets, mole crickets, silverfish, firebrats and earwigs.

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  3. Advion Insect Granule -4 and 25 lb

    Starting at: $48.19

    Use Advion Insect Granules to control mole crickets (adults and nymphs) as well as roaches, silverfish, some ants and other crickets.

    Advion Insect Granule by Dupont is an insecticide bait with Indoxacarb that is remarkably effective as it quickly targets these insects, with singularly little impact on non-targeted insects. It has a flexible label and can be used indoors or outdoors. It has proven highly effective against mole crickets in lawns and golf courses. This insect granule uses include perimeter treatment, broadcast treatment as well as a spot treatment in specific insect harborage locations.

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  4. Niban Group -  FG 1 lb, 4lb

    Starting at: $15.98

    NiBan Granular Baits are weather resistant and long lasting. They are perfect baits for ants, crickets, silverfish, and roaches.NiBan Granular Bait and NiBan FG may be used inside or outside.

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  5. Intice 10 Perimeter Bait-Group Picture

    Starting at: $18.12

    Intice 10 Perimeter Bait is a broad spectrum granular bait with 10% boric acid, killing roaches, crickets, mole crickets,sowbugs, pillbugs,earwigs and more insects. The specialized bait matrix contains two oils, protein and a carbohydrate, for broad spectrum acceptance and control and may be used indoors,outdoors and on turfs. The increased amount of boric acid cuts the application rate in half and makes InTice 10 the most economical bait on the market.

     

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Silverfish Appearance

Small and flat, silverfish have scales and are a silver/blue color. Their body is tapered and it has 6 legs and no wings. Without wings, they wriggle like fish.

 

 

Silverfish Diet

Silverfish eat a broad variety of carbohydrates and proteins, such as dried beef, flour, moist wheat flour, starch, oats, paper, glue, dead insects, some synthetic fibers, sugar, beef extract, and linen. Silverfish can live a long time without food. They also can live in damp basements and eat the surface mold on cardboard boxes.

 

 

Silverfish Damage

Since silverfish eat some human foods, they can leave their excrement and body scales in the food stuff. Most of their damage is to books, paper products, and some natural and synthetic fibers. They can leave yellow stains on linen.

Their marks that are left after they feed are irregular, and they leave irregular shaped holes. They can attack fabric.

 

 

Silverfish Habitats

Silverfish are commonly found in basements, attics, kitchens, bookcases, wallpaper paste, bathrooms and laundry rooms. They prefer moist and dark locations with humidity (75-97%) and moderate temperatures (60-80 degrees F). They tend to live close to food sources and prefer dark environments.

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