How to get rid of silverfish naturally? It is even actually possible to avoid using industrial chemicals altogether? The answer is a resounding “yes”. In this article, I’ll detail 3 different ways of naturally getting rid of silverfish.

The common advice for getting rid of insects like silverfish is to use boric acid. The problem is that this may be toxic when exposed to over long periods. Especially, if you have children or pets then using boric acid could be a bad idea. Besides, you don’t even need boric acid anyway. Let’s take a closer look at the three natural steps you need to take.


The first thing you need to do is to prepare your house. We will soon be going directly after silverfish but first you need to cut off their food source. Remember, these critters can live for up to a year without food (though they prefer to feed more often) so you must stop them from feeding.

Do you have any peeled back wallpaper? Silverfish love the paper and glue combination. Fix it!

Use the vacuum cleaner each day to sweep up hair. We shed around 50 to 100 hairs every day and silverfish will eat them! Make sure to direct the nozzle into any cracks too.

Get rid of any paper or cardboard that is lying around where silverfish can get to them. Paper and cardboard are just the type of carbohydrates that silverfish love to eat.

Botanical Powder

Unlike boric acid, botanical powder is totally non-toxic. This is because it is derived from plant oils. It is just as effective as boric acid because it also sucks the moisture out of any insect that comes into contact with it, killing it quickly.

Diatomaceous Earth

This is a very fine white powder that is derived from a type of rock that crumbles easily into this powderous form. It works just like botanical powder and boric acid by absorbing moisture readily.

Is it better than botanical powder? To be honest, both are just as good as each other and I would not particularly recommend one over the other.

Source by Scott Harris