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How-To | Remedy & Prevent Silverfish

Apr 7, 2015

WHAT ARE SILVERFISH?

Silverfish are grey/blue wingless insects that can reach ½ inch in length. These tiny critters can be found anywhere humidity levels are high. They feast on a diet of starch, sugar, and protein which makes linen, cotton, viscose, rayon, and silk prime targets.

Silverfish are attracted to perspiration, perfume, and body oils, therefore not washing clothing before storing increases the likelihood of infestation.

WHEN A SILVERFISH IS SPOTTED…

Clothing that has small irregular holes, yellow spots, or a “shaved” surface often indicates the presence of silverfish. If an infestation is detected, all textiles should be isolated. Silverfish can’t withstand freezing temperatures, so it is best to insert clothing into a plastic bag and place them in a freezer for 72 hours.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES MADE EASY…

The scent of cedar and lavender is noxious to silverfish. Storing clothing alongside The Laundress Lavender Pouch will help to care for fabrics and prevent infestation. You can also try wrapping storage boxes in nylon netting to prevent entry of silverfish. There is no protein in nylon which makes it indigestible to these critters. Avoid storing in cardboard, paper, and plastic. Wash and reorganize clothing and closets seasonally.

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