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Silverfish & Firebrats

Control Strategy

Wondering how to get rid of silverfish and firebrats?  Baiting and dusts are the best methods for controlling silverfish. Use Maggie’s Farm Roach Killer Gel Bait yes, Roach Killer bait. It is a highly effective and versatile gel bait in a tube, and can be used to kill cockroaches, most common ants, silverfish and firebrats. Just follow the directions on the product label! It’s as easy as applying pea-sized spots of the gel bait where silverfish or firebrats have been seen, such as bathrooms, kitchens, around bookcases, peeling wallpaper, etc. You should also apply it to cracks between your living space and the attic (e.g., around light fixtures). Basements are also a prime area to treat since they tend to have higher humidity, making them a preferred area for many bugs, including silverfish/firebrats.

Maggie’s Farm Spider & Insect Dust or Maggie’s Farm Bed Bug Killer dust are other effective options for eliminating these bugs and for long term control. You should apply the dust in attics, basements, utility closets, behind and along baseboards, underneath and behind appliances, inside wall voids, in drawer wells (space under the bottom drawer of cupboards), under cabinets, sinks, and tubs, and in other cracks and crevices where these bugs have been seen. Read the label directions for additional information.


Silverfish & Firebrat Facts:

  • Silverfish and their close relatives, firebrats, are some of the most primitive pests on earth.
  • They are commonly found in attics, basements, bathrooms, and kitchens (i.e., moist, warm locations), but can be found almost anywhere in a house.
  • They need humidity, and firebrats particularly like high temperatures with high humidity.
  • They often originate in attics and then come down into the living space for food or moisture.
  • Homes with wood shake shingles are magnets for these pests.
  • They eat starches and proteins, and will eat glue, book bindings, plaster, wallpaper adhesives, and even clothing.
  • They are nocturnal, so they might be a lot of them around without you necessarily seeing to many.
  • They are a favorite food of brown recluse spiders.  If you see one, be careful! One or more brown recluse spiders may be nearby.