How to get rid of silverfish?

Spray The Speedy Critters Dead

It’s frustrating to try to get rid of silverfish when you can barely see them scurrying across your floor. Silverfish are fast runners that often live in the damp, cool places of your home. They feed on almost anything; these scavengers will even eat wallpaper glue and book bindings. You can fight silverfish with a thorough home cleaning and the right products.

Go On a Cleaning Spree

Wipe Out These Top Silverfish Hiding Places

  • Keep kitchen floors, counters, and cupboards clean. Pay special attention to cracks where the baseboard meets the floor.
  • Wipe down bookcases, closet shelves, and door or window frames
  • Vacuum behind the oven, microwave, toaster, and refrigerator
  • De-clutter the areas where you see them
  • They are often brought indoors with cardboard packing, furniture, and construction materials so inspect these items before they come inside.
  • Try running a dehumidifier to make the area less humid, and therefore, less appealing.
Secure the Perimeter

Keep Silverfish from Hiding in your Home

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  • In warm climates, silverfish can live outdoors. De-clutter outdoor areas to remove hiding places close to your home (debris, stones, piles of wood, looks bark, or mulch)
  • Seal any foundation or exterior cracks
  • Use a barrier product like Raid Max® Bug Barrier to keep silverfish out
Expert Tips
  • Use Raid® Ant & Roach Killer to attack, killing silverfish on contact.
  • For heavily infested areas, use Raid® Concentrated DEEP REACH™ Fogger to control the problem and kill silverfish where they hide. Be sure to read the full label before using this product.
A Silverfish Was Here

Telltale Signs of Infestation

Silverfish are so fast, sometimes you just can’t spot them. Signs of infestation include yellow stains, especially on linens or book pages, and irregular feeding marks that look like etchings on surfaces.

Did You Know?
Silverfish can live for several months without food. That’s why it’s important to treat the area as soon as you’ve spotted one—before they take up permanent residence in your home!