Silverfish problem in new house … save me!

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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3165 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

regit45:  ooooh my gosh! We had this at our rental house– I about died. I found 1-2 a day and that was It for me. I hired a exterminator but make sure it’s one that douses the outside and inside of the house– not just with a portable handheld spray tank– the outside of your home should be sprayed with a hose connected to their truck. I’m telling you it saved my sanity. The first company who sprayed with just a handheld outside helped the issue but didn’t kill them off… The second company who came with a truck and sprayed GALLONS of the solution outside and I haven’t seen them since. I see a dead one every few months in the basement but they aren’t really getting in anymore because they die on their way through the solution barrier of the house. I pay about 250$ to have them come and heavy duty spray my house and I have done it for 3 years now, once every 8-9 months to be sure. Hope this helps! They are terrifying.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Stevens Estate

regit45:  Ew..I hate those damn things! I work at a pest control co. (in the office) and usually to get rid of them you should have it treated professionally. You’ll pay around $200 – 250 but it will be worth not seeing those gross things around your house. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

regit45:  I understand- your sanity is worth it.  Invest the 200-300$ once a year and you will feel at home. You shouldn’t be scared in your own home. just make sure to ask how much solution is sprayed and what method so you get the best results. if you lived in central ohio, I’d tell you exactly who to call! I was so scared to shower, or sleep… They are big and FAST. Ugh! i hope it all works out for you! 

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

YIKES!  I only ever see one every now and then in the tub and just vaccum it up.   I think I’d just die if that many were on teh ceiling!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: Old Victorian B&B/Restaurant & Gardens

regit45:  OMG. I actually had to google what a silverfish was (we dont have those here) and I just about threw up. Thats one of the ugliest things ive ever seen. I would absolutely flip shit if I had that in my house. Get a great exterminator….wow

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

regit45:  also, the 250$ I pay includes a respray within 60 days for free if the first dose didn’t solve the issue. I’ve never had to have them come back and spray again, but it was a great incentive to choose their company.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

AAHHHHHHHH I literally saw the title of the post and out loud said “NOOOOOOOOOO!”…The house I grew up in forever, which was NEVER a buggy house, all of a sudden had a couple a few years ago. I got into bed, opened my eyes, and saw one looking at me sitting on my pillow, and then after I almost died, I found a few more in random places-all were babies. I literally wanted to move out, I do not do any kind of bug. I researched a lot and found that they LOVE glue-specifically old books, magazines, anything with a binding. They also eat starchy things like cardboard. My mom and I tore apart the house and threw out old books/magazines, and anything we wanted to keep went into those clear plastic bins that snap shut. I also ferociously use the wet jet on my wood floors under the bed, radiator, and try to keep nothing out that they could ever be interested in. I’d say go into your attic and chuck any kind of cardboard box-put everything into bins, and spray as if your life depends on it. I read they also hate boric acid, so putting borax out kills them (something of that nature-look into it, I forget). GOOD LUCK!!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ugh, those look like they are made of NOPE! 🙁 I would for sure call someone to exterminate! 

Hugs! I would flip! 

Post # 14
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507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Stevens Estate

regit45:  Yeah..the way our company does it is that we will treat initially the whole house for your target pest (silverfish in your case) pretty much inside and out. We have some ppl who call us saying other companies treated but they still have an issue. I think it’s because they don’t treat good enough. My FI works with me but he is a licensed exterminator…so when he treats our house(which is bug heaven if he dosnt treat) he’ll treat around the whole outside top and bottom (around the foundation, window casings, outside crawl space if you have one) and then the whole inside…you especially want to treat areas like basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. We give our customers a warranty…so if they see them again, we come out for free. Most companies around here (Massachusetts) offer programs like this. A good exterminator should know where to treat and spend at least an hour at your house. The treatments used usually have some kinda residual to them so once they’re applied they keep working to kill more bugs up to 6 months. So if you call a company for a silverfish problem..they should know which areas to treat and what chemicals to use.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

regit45:  We have them here too. I’ve only seen them in homes that live near water though. ..and ours stuck hanging out in the bathtub.

Dampness is what they like, so if you can limit that, it will prevent them from exploring your home. Sticky traps work well too. They also love food sources…so keep things cleaned up (they like paper products too! Boxes, old wallpaper, etc.)

 

Sprinkling boric acid around works too.

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