Since the weather turned cold, I’ve been seeing more silverfish in my top floor condo than ever before. During the summer (I’ve only been here 8 months), I’d see an occasional silverfish on the ceiling/ceiling corners, but since the cold begun, I see them nightly in odd spots on the ceiling – and on occasion, on table tops. I’m not sure where they’re coming from. I vaccum every DAY, dust daily, spray all the perimeters weekly, have checked for leaks, and yet…they keep coming back. I want an easy solution to this ongoing problem. Since they come in on from the ceiling somewhere, and the ceiling is over 7 feet high, I’m not sure what I can do.
You have a few options. First, understand that silverfish will live on roof tops under shingles, around gutters and under exterior siding. From there they’ll migrate into homes when it gets cold. This is why they become “noticeable” in the winter. When its warm, there is no reason for them to go inside so you may only see one every now and then when they mistakenly come in. But now they’re moving toward the warmth of your home and will continue to do so as long as you offer free passage. More on this pest can be found here:
So how do you stop them? Ideally, treating the roof and attic with DRIONE DUST would get them at their nests. But given the time of year, this wouldn’t be the best way to proceed. In fact you can keep them out by dusting with Drione. Lightly dust all light fixtures, around the ceiling crown molding, under electric switch covers, under electric outlet covers and around windows. Basically an crack they might be using to enter the rooms where you see them should be dusted. The dust will last 6-12 months and once in place, will stop the invasion.
Use a HAND DUSTER to apply the Drione. This device will make the application easy and controllable. Drione is “light” like talc powder so you need to target it into cracks, crevices and voids for it to do its magic.
Lastly, set up some SILVERFISH TRAPS on countertops and along the baseboards to intercept any that enter from below or fall from above. Baseboards should be dusted with the Drione too but just remember to not spray them once dusted; any liquid spray will render the Drione useless.
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Hello. I have a huge silver fish issue. I just bought this house in September of last year and had seen one or two but that’s it now within the last 3 weeks they are all over my ceiling. I have 19’ peaked ceilings and they are coming from the cracks in the beams it seems like. I’m finding them in my bed so I’m assuming they are falling from the ceiling at some point. I had an exterminator out twice and he sprayed all baseboards inside twice and outside and roof once. As soon as it is dark out I look up and one or two are on the ceiling. I’m at my witts end at this point as I haven’t been able to sleep in my bed for weeks because I’m afraid will crawl on me while I’m sleeping. I’m not sure what else to do at this point but I need help.
Tech Support says
If you read the post above, you’ll learn that applying Drione to all the cracks and crevices on the ceiling will stop them from invading. And this can be done by climbing a ladder or using our dustick.
Also explained above is that dusting the attic above the ceiling will usually end the problem too. Use our Dustin Mizer for this task.
Dustin Mizer: http://bugspray.com/equipment/dusters/dustin-mizerdeflector
One last thing; spraying baseboards will not help at all as you already know and in general, any liquid for this problem is usually not a good option. But the dust will last a year or longer making it ideal. So our best advise is to get a service company to do the work for you or get the products from us and do the work yourself.
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Is the drione dust safe for children and pets?? We have silverfish in our apartment. We do not have access to the attic and I am at my wits end with them! Please help.
Tech Support says
All of our products can be used safely in the home where people and pets reside as explained here:
Child Safe: https://bugspray.com/about#are-our-products-child-safe
Remember too the Drione will be in cracks and crevices as well as all the entrance points. When used properly, there won’t be any in the living space so therefore, no exposure to the family.
Every place you apply some dust will no longer allow them to enter so if done thoroughly, you can effectively exclude them from your living space with nothing but some Drione and the applicator.
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