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People have approached me ex-Pharmacist, retired about these and I often tell them they're quite pretty and if they're somewhere they can do no harm then treat them as a pet! It does beg the question though: why are people so hell bent in getting rid of spiders in the home? My Grandmother always used Borax powder to get rid of silverfish. A big box is reasonably priced and I suspect that it works the same way as the DE powder does.

I have used this up in my attic where I have seen these nasty critters. I poured it on the long beams around the perimeter of the house. I don't know if I got rid of all of them but I don't see many anymore in the living area. I also put the borax in the back of my cabinets in the kitchen and along the wall behind my dishwasher and stove.

I poured it in a line in front of the dishwasher and used a hairdryer to blow it under to get it to the wall.


Worked like a charm. I too have successfully used borax as a cost effective pest deterrent for silver I should, ants, etc. Works very well. It dehydrated them and you just vacuum it up. If you mix borax in sugar water the ants eat it, take it back to the colony and eliminates them all. I appreciate this comment about using Borax to handle the "Invasion of Silverfish" and other insect pests. Silverfish are in hog heaven on cotton and linen fabrics that have been sprayed with aerosol starch while ironing. They lay their eggs in or on a substances where there is a guaranteed food supply for their young.

I, like the majority of Quilters, have an abundance of fabrics in my stash or trove of goods. I also have a cache of hundreds of magazines as well as books, that I've purchased used from local charity thrift shops; garage and tag sales; and online.

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I consider calling fabric, threads and reading materials "used" if they were not purchased from a retail store. There are no assurances that the fabrics have not been in the presence of insects like silverfish, and usually one who is buying preowned fabrics, wouldn't consider asking about silverfish. Most buyers are concerned with damp, mildew basement or tobacco odors.

And if the thought or hint of insects being anywhere near the fabrics, it's usually cockroaches that come to mind. I do not launder my fabrics before I use them.

So, in order to prevent any outbreak of of infestation from eggs layed in the fabric folds, I always place purchased fabrics in a plastic zipper bags used for food storage just as soon as I'm able too. Until then, the purchases remain in my garage until I place them in the bags for my sewing room. It's not enough to keep fabrics in plastic tote containers, insects are able to wiggle in and out of the tote's lids. I use small quart sized zip lock bags or sandwich size zip lock bags for fat quarters. The 1 gallon sized zipper bags are adequate for yards of folded fabrics.

And the 2 gallon sized zipper bags are perfect for larger sized measures of fabric. My fabrics are not used as a display or decor items, so it matters little to me if they're kept in plastic. I buy bulk sized quantities of these storage bags. And I reuse them after I've emptied the individual ziplock bags, and before I would use a new one. And I don't worry about moisture build up in the bags because it's not my intentions to save or collect fabrics. And should I have my own garage sale or tag sale, the fabrics are kept in the bags when I put them out for sale.

It's an assurance that I provide to buyers, that indicate that I don't have an infestation in my sewing room. I hope this information is helpful to someone who has more fabrics that they are able to use in the near future. I'm all for getting rid of pest, no matter how. And if sticky glue strips do the trick, so be it.

I tend to see a lot of silverfish around my house. A home inspector advised me to get rid of wallpaper as much as possible throughout my home. I've done this and noticed it helped greatly. Apparently it's a delicacy for silverfish I am appalled that you would recommend glue traps to eliminate any pest.

These are the most horrendous ways of dealing with "unwanted guests. In the meantime, it suffers greatly. Please to do not recommend these traps for any elimination of a pest. Should a mouse, or other animal, get caught on a glue trap, it can suffer incredible pain in trying to free itself, as well as losing fur and sometimes skin. It may even try to chew off the appendage that is stuck. This kind of horror belongs only in horror movies, not people's homes. I beg you, please to not advocate the use of glue traps for any removal of a pest.


There are better ways to get rid of silverfish, moths, mice, etc. I can not tell you how disturbed it makes me feel to think of a creature being stuck like this. Thank you for expressing your concerns so passionately. We do NOT advocate the use of glue traps for vertebrate pests, such as mice and rats, under any circumstances. I had an infestation in my garage of silver fish. I put out Ant Traps, that come already filled with insecticide and it killed all of the silverfish too, along with any ants that happen to come into the garage.

I haven't had any since. Oh good grief!!!!

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You bleeding hearts will be the destruction of the world. These pests are a health hazard to everyone. Get rid of these pests! You are absolutely correct in your response! Thank you for your comment. I was thinking that I was the only person out here that really thinks. I agree that a glue trap is nasty for mice and other small mammals. But for insects? Second, silverfish do not have internal fertilisation. Instead the males and females engage in a mating dance.

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The male produces a group of threads with a bundle of sperm onto which the female, after suitable encouragement, then sits to take up the spermatozoa. Several species of silverfish have found suitable habitat within our houses, but one of them, the grey silverfish Ctenolepisma longicaudata , predominates in most countries. This is quite a large silvery-grey species often found in empty bathtubs, and this fact can be explained by two other peculiarities of the family.

First, silverfish do not need to drink. They can absorb moisture from the air — through their rectum! So they are attracted to the bathroom because there is more humidity in the air. Second, silverfish have quite simple feet of just three claws. Silverfish used to be very common household pests in Australia in the first half of the s but are declining with the introduction of different household furnishings and cleaning methods.

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  8. They are basically omnivorous but in houses they prefer starchy materials supplemented with protein from dead insects, insect hairs, fungal spores and pollen, or whatever else they can find. In our homes they will eat paper, especially old books and the cardboard covering of plasterboard.

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    5. Wallpaper sizing was often attacked, but wallpaper has gone out of fashion and new glues and sizing compounds are perhaps not so palatable. Silverfish will eat rayon and cotton but not wool, natural silk or fur pelts, unless these have been stored with foodstuff spilled on them.

      In general, silverfish are not that important as pests in Australian homes, unless you are a collector of rare books or old photographs. They are slow breeders, and a good spring clean, including seldom disturbed cupboards, will go a long way towards keeping their numbers under control. If all else fails they are fairly susceptible to most household insecticides and can even be caught in sticky traps baited with rolled oats.

      Get in touch. Okinawan art in its regional context — Norwich, Norfolk. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom. The common grey silverfish, Ctenolepisma longicaudata, in Sydney. Graeme Smith , Author provided. Graeme Smith , Federation University Australia. Where do they live? Silverfish live mainly in three unusual habitats: Dry leaf litter, the bark of trees, sheltered under rocks. The cave-dwelling silverfish Subtrinemura anemone. Graeme Smith Living with ants or termites.