Silverfish Control

Effective Treatment for Silverfish

 Silverfish Control Sydney

A variety of pests enter our homes every season, and silverfish are some of the most common pests. Frequently present in homes with high humidity, silverfish can lay serious damage on your household items. Our pest controllers at Eco Pest Control Sydney can ensure that your home is silverfish-proof, protecting not only your belongings but also your health.

How We Treat Silverfish

At Eco Pest Control Sydney, we first inspect the house, to confirm the presence of silverfish. Once we have found their nest, we will spray it down and kill the silverfish on the spot.

Once the infestation is brought under control, we will create a chemical barrier around your home to protect against the pest. We will also set up silverfish insecticide baits, to draw the pests away from your home and then kill them.

Why Are Silverfish Considered a Pest?

Unlike other pests, silverfish do not have the potential of carrying blood-borne diseases, and aside from the occasional allergy, they won’t cause health problems. However, since they eat anything starch or cellulose-related, they can cause a lot of damage to your belongings.

They can chew your wallpaper, contaminate your food with their presence, make holes in your clothes – and if your library is in a humid corner of the house, it will be a feast for silverfish.

What Do Silverfish Look Like?

Even though their name ends in “fish,” silverfish are not exactly fish. They are insects that look like small fish, move like fish, and like humid areas – but at the end of the day, they are still insects.

They like to eat things that are high in starch and cellulose, which means they will feed on food, paper, cardboard, books, wallpaper, and even clothes.

Common Signs of a Silverfish Infestation in Sydney

Silverfish don’t bite people – so, unless you see them, you might not even notice that you have a silverfish infestation going on. That being said, they do leave certain trails behind, which might suggest an infestation.

How Do You Know You Have a Silverfish Problem?

Silverfish are not exactly clean pests, so when you notice the following problems, contact us at Eco Pest Control Sydney:

  • Silverfish sightings on more than one occasion
  • Silverfish droppings (they typically look like black peppercorn)
  • Yellow stains on your belongings, especially your books
  • Damage to your wallpaper, boxes, and starchy supplies
  • Silverfish skin moulting
  • Allergic reactions (i.e., sneezing) that intensify in humid places

Treatment Tips and Advice for Silverfish

Silverfish infestation can be prevented by taking the following steps:

  • Use a Dehumidifier

Silverfish are attracted mostly to damp areas, as they thrive in them. To reduce humidity, you might want to consider using a dehumidifier.

  • Sprinkle Cedar Shavings

Cedar repels silverfish, as they dislike the strong scent. Sprinkle some cedar shavings in humid areas to keep silverfish away.

  • Use Cinnamon

Like cedar, cinnamon also has a strong scent that silverfish don’t like. Consider placing cinnamon in potentially infected areas.

  • Make a Citrus Spray

The smell of citruses such as lemons or oranges naturally repels silverfish. Make a spray out of lemon and water and apply it to the potentially infected area. You may also place citrus peels to prevent the pest’s intrusion.

  • Use Cucumber Peels

Silverfish also hate the smell of cucumber, so you might want to place some peels around. This might not kill the silverfish, but they will be repelled enough to leave.

  • Sprinkle Salt

Salt is a great homemade poison to silverfish, as they are attracted to it, but its consumption will cause them to dehydrate and die. Salt can also absorb dampness from the area, which will make it less likely for the pest to stick around.

  • Use Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth will attach itself to the exoskeleton of the silverfish as they walk over it. This will cause them to dehydrate and die.

  • Use a Silverfish Trap

A silverfish trap typically uses boric acid, which will poison and kill the pest. Place these traps in areas where you know you have silverfish activity.

  • Clean the Clutter

Silverfish love cluttered areas, as they provide multiple opportunities to hide, so make sure to keep clean. Do not leave paperwork or boxes lying around.

  • Keep Dry Food Under Lid

Starches and cereal represent the main food that silverfish go for. Protect your food and prevent an infestation by keeping things under the lid.


  1. Do Silverfish Live in Colonies?

Mostly, yes. One female silverfish can lay up to 100 eggs during its lifetime, and it only takes them 3 months to reach maturity. If you see one silverfish, there is a chance you have more of them in your house.

  1. How Long Will It Take for Silverfish Treatment to Work?

Live treatment will get rid of most silverfish in 48 hours, but it may take up to two weeks until the treatment gets to the ones that hid well.

  1. How Much Does Silverfish Treatment Cost in Sydney?

The cost of treating silverfish starts at around $150-$200, but it can go as high as $600 if you live in a larger house, with a bigger infestation.

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