Silverfish, natural remedies

THE silverfish, whose scientific name is Lepisma saccharina, are anything but pleasant and graceful, as the name might suggest. These are very small insects that lurk in homes, preferring rather humid climates: the entire kitchen, the cabinet under the sink, the bathroom, the base of the refrigerators. They feed on everything that contains starch and therefore sugar; they can sneak into our wardrobes, ruin books or even old records, destroy wallpaper. To delete the silverfish there are specific pesticides. However, as these insects settle in the home, it is preferable to resort to natural remedies; using pesticides at home is never good, especially when there are children or pets!

Silver fish, prevention
To avoid the presence of these insects it is necessary to counteract humidity: silverfish love humid environments, on the contrary, a dry and dry environment will lead them to move away.

Silver fish, natural repellents
There are several natural repellents that are effective in eradicating silverfish and remove them from your life-space. A natural remedy consists in the use of some natural extracts such as drops of laurel essential oil, peppermint, lemongrass, lavender and ginkgo biloba. For the application, just dilute 20 drops of essential oil in a spray diffuser (of the beach ones) and spray the surface to be eradicated.

Silver fish, DIY repellents
As an alternative to essential oils, you can use the leaves and flowers of the plants mentioned above (lavender, ginkgo biloba, peppermint, lemongrass and laurel) and prepare a potpourri to be placed in cabinets and other corners of the house. It is not necessary to mix all the plant varieties described: for example, to eradicate silverfish from the library, you can put bay leaves between the books and remember to change them every 3 months as well as to eradicate silverfish from furniture place the lavender inflorescences mixed with the ginkgo biloba leaves in a bag. Again, you have to change the old leaves with new ones after 3-5 months.

If you don't like DIY, there are pesticides with natural extracts on the market; but do not be tempted by the effectiveness of chemical pesticides. Remember that despite their appearance, silverfish are not harmful to health, pesticides are!

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