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Silver Fish


Silverfish are small(1/2 inch)primitive insects that are found in dark, damp, warm places throughout our homes.  They prefer starchy materials such as cereals, wallpaper and book bindings as food but in large populations they may do damage to cotton and linen fabrics.

SILVERFISH CONTROL---NON CHEMICAL.  Air conditioning, dehumidifiers and increased air circulation will help to decrease silverfish populations wherever practical.  Removing the food source will help most.  In basements and attics these are most likely boxes of old clothes and books.  In infested closets all clothes should be removed, cleaned and returned after the chemical application has dried.

SILVERFISH CONTROL---CHEMICAL.  A good residual insecticide such as Demon WP should be applied every 3 weeks in three separate applications.  These multiple sprayings spread over many weeks insures that the egg to adult cycle of the insect is completely broken.  Pay particular attention to the molding at the top of the rooms sprayed and behind bookcases, etc.  In addition to a good residual spray a release of a good aerosol in key locations will aid in control.  Populations of silverfish will be found outside during the summer months.  During these hot months a good perimeter spray around the house is recommended to prevent reinfestation.  This spray will also deter roaches, ants and spiders from invading your home.

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