I am having a problem with silverfish. I read all your info and realize I probably have a bigger issue than I know. That being said, the main concentration seems to be in the converted upstairs area of this 80 yo house I live in. It is surrounded on two sides by attic. I keep finding them on my bed, which lies directly under my light fixture, and I find dead ones in the glass light shade. Im sure that is the biggest point of entry at this point. I was looking at the NiBan product you offer. It seems like the best one for my issue. I have a couple questions though if you dont mind. First, how would be the best way to apply this product? If you have a “spreader” of some kind that you can recommend that would be a huge help. Also, do I need to use a barrier spray for the baseboard areas. small holes in the walls, like for cable tv, etc. ? Any help in this matter, or suggestions would be really great. I have tried to find a local pest control agent to do this for me, but no one wants to do this job, they all want to sign me up for a long term contract then they say they cant guarantee the silverfish thing. What good is that?? lol Thanks again for any help.
As explained in our SILVERFISH CONTROL ARTICLE, most silverfish problems start just outside the home underneath siding and roof shingles. From there some will forage into the home. If conditions are right, they’ll start living in attic spaces and from there, find their way into living spaces. Based on the limited information you’ve provided, I believe this is happening at your house.
To treat such a problem, it’s important to either establish a barrier through which they cannot enter or treat the nest zone. At this point I’m not sure if this “nest zone” is the attic or the outside siding/shingles. If I was to service the home, I would want to treat both. This would insure I got them where it matters. That being said, it’s not easy treating up under shingles but many times this is a key nest site. So how can you stop them if they’re living in areas you can’t treat?
For such situations, the DRIONE DUST is ideal. It’s long lasting and extremely irritating to silverfish. A good attic dusting combined with a “points of entry” dusting would stop them from entering for sure and create a good “buffer” zone with none nesting. This would go a long way for preventing them from getting into your living areas. If you did a thorough treatment you could effectively shut them out in one fell swoop. But it will mean having to identify all routes of entry. The light fixture directly above the bed sounds like a key spot but in any one home there will be many such entry points. Electric light fixtures, electric outlets, molding, door frames and any crack or crevice are all routes of entry so be sure to dust them all.
Lastly, I don’t think the NIBAN FG would be a good option for your problem. As a bait, it will work on foraging silverfish that find it. But since you’re mostly seeing them in your bed I don’t see how you could effectively use it. For the living area, I’d recommend some SILVERFISH TRAPS and maybe some PHANTOM AEROSOL for your barrier treatment. This aerosol is odorless, dry to the touch even after spraying and long lasting. It’s ideal for living areas as you can’t tell it’s been applied and handles most any pest you might expect to get inside.
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If you still have questions, give us a call on our toll free 1-800-877-7290 but I think the above directions are what you need to follow for a sure fire silverfish control program to work.