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Old 04-09-2004, 04:06 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I just saw a silverfish in the bathroom. It was under the bathmat.

I need some btdt advice on how to get rid of them. It was just so creepy.

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Old 04-09-2004, 02:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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so, is it impossible to get rid of them then? I've only seen one. Hopefully there wont be more. I tried to catch it, but that darn thing was quick.

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It's always seemed to me that the show up where it is very damp, like basements and bathrooms. We used to get a lot of them when ds was little and we kept the bathroom door shut all the time. Once we started keeping the door open after showers they went away. I don't know anything else about them.
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Here is some information that might be useful.

http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/iiin/silverfi.html

It seems that boric acid will help.
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Old 04-10-2004, 01:38 PM
 
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Before you use the boric acid, recaulk your bathroom! Good seals around tubs, showers, sinks and toilets are SO important. We had a mold problem because of a shower that a previous owner left without recaulking for too long. If the silverfish don't have a way to get in and no high moisture areas to live in they will go away. We need to think more about keeping the pests away and making it so there aren't friendly environments in our homes. If you find you have a LOT of them only then consider the boric acid and only if you are going to do the caulking as well.
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It seems like silverfish are a seasonal pest, more common in the summer.

Ita that it makes a lot of sense to avoid the problem in the first place--cut down on moisture, block entrypoints, eliminate their food, etc.

I found a website that said diacotomous (sp?) earth works on silverfish. I think that would be less toxic than boric acid.

We're renting, so if we see any more, i'll try to get the landlord to recaulk (ha. ha. ha!!). I almost dont want to say anything about it to them, bc i dont want them to bombard the place with toxic chemicals.

So far so good at this point, we've only seen the one. Hopefully it was scouting, didnt find what it needed and went back to tell its friends to stay away. :LOL

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I know it can be an issue of principals, ie who's job it is, but a tube of caulk is only like $3 and you rarely need more than one for a whole bathroom. Good luck
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actually, it's a skill issue. dh and i both really suck at caulking!! :LOL

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