Silverfish are sooo nasty. How nasty ARE they? (insert joke here)

Oh great Home-Ecers,

We had a leak inside the wall behind our pantry during a bad storm last year. We cleaned it out and got rid of the mold, but now we have another plague.


I hate those slippery little [censored, because my grandma reads this site] and I know they’re running around my cereal bowl because I see their footprints. What can we do to affect a silverfishicide of Darfurian proportions?



finger-up.JPGIvy says:

Silverfish are the third most disgusting bug if you ask me. The first most nasty is maggots, the second most nasty is slugs (:::shiver:::) and the third most nasty is:silverfish.jpg

That’s right, if I have to be grossed out, so do you.

Anyway, getting rid of silverfish is fairly simple. Get some boric acid from the drugstore or possibly the Farm Bureau Co-op. Dissolve the boric acid in warm water to make a 5-10% solution. Put it in a spray bottle and spray the area down thoroughly with the solution. Keep any children or pets away from the area until it has thoroughly dried.

Also, apply in powder form around all cracks, under appliances, near drain pipes, anyplace you think they might be coming in.

You can also use diatomaceous earth to kill silverfish, but it’s my understanding that the boric acid works better. Good luck killing them all!


  1. gorforg on October 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    I disagree too. Silverfish are the absolute most miserably disgusting existence. Second to none.

  2. Kathy T. on April 20, 2007 at 7:55 am

    I disagree! I think cockroaches (the light brown kind) are far more disgusting than slugs. Yes, slugs are kind of icky but they usually stay outdoors. It’s the indoor nasties that are much worse! Gah.