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Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Does the Smell of Cucumbers Really Repel Silverfish


The silverfish is a small, wingless insect that can infect your home. Whether you live in North Carolina or another state, this household pest can cause a lot of damage. The insect consumes almost anything made of starch or sugar such as paper, clothing, plaster, wallpaper glue, and carpeting. If you want to get rid of the silverfish, one home remedy is the smell of cucumbers.

What are Silverfish?

Silverfish are so named because of their silvery grey color. They have flat bodies that taper near the back, so they resemble fish. The insect has a length of up to one inch as adults. These pests also thrive in dark and moist places, and are most often found in basements, laundry rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and attics. Silverfish reproduce quickly, and can live up to a year without eating. Because they are also nocturnal, it may be some time before you notice an infestation.

Are Home Remedies the Answer?

Once you know you have silverfish in your home, you have a few options. You may want to start with natural or home remedies that don't use chemicals. One popular silverfish repellent is cucumber peels because the insect doesn't like the smell. You can cut thick pieces of cucumber peel, and leave them in areas where you see silverfish. The smell will drive the silverfish away. After a few days, the peels dry out, so you have to replace them with fresh cucumber peels.

While there is plenty of folklore about the effectiveness of using cucumbers to repel silverfish, there doesn't seem to be any scientific evidence to support this claim. Still, that doesn't mean cucumbers won't repel the silverfish. However, cucumbers don't kill the adults or their eggs. Total eradication is what you need to get rid of the infestation.

The Best Solution

If you want to completely rid your home of silverfish, the best solution is to hire Clegg’s if you are in North Carolina or South Carolina. As a professional exterminator, Clegg's focuses on removing bed bugs and termites throughout North Carolina, but the company also has expertise in exterminating silverfish.

Although you can try cucumber peels to repel a silverfish you see in your bathtub or in a kitchen cabinet, the chances are there are a lot more silverfish that you don't see. As an expert pest control company, we can eliminate the infestation. While home remedies are useful in some situations, sometimes they just aren't enough.


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