Keep Silverfish Away With An Ingredient From Your Kitchen Cabinet

On the long list of bugs that can infest your home, silverfish might not rank high as the scariest type. While they can trigger a slight panic when you see them scurry by you, they don't bite or cause physical harm (via WebMD). Just as they are somewhat innocent invaders, they can easily be sent away since cinnamon is one ingredient that can help rid silverfish from your home. Though silverfish can set up shop anywhere in the house, they are moisture-loving creatures and enjoy hanging around humid and damp areas. They also tend to come out at night and since they are quiet, they can startle you when you least expect it, often in bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms.

Unlike insects that seek out human food, silverfish eat the starch and sugar found in books, old papers, and even wallpaper. They also eat dandruff, soap, hair, coffee, and sugar. For all these reasons you can find them in several different areas of the home.

Use cinnamon to send silverfish on their way

Silverfish reproduce rapidly and can lay two to 30 eggs in one go. It is important to act swiftly when you have a silverfish infestation, though you can and should also address the issue if you only see a couple of silverfish in your home. Luckily you don't need to resort to harmful chemicals to do so. One of the best ways to get rid of silverfish is by placing cinnamon around the house. It is a scent that many of us find to be quite pleasing and is also likely right in your kitchen cabinet. Cinnamon is a natural repellant for silverfish as they have a profound distaste for the scent and will scurry away from it when detected.

Better yet, this is a humane approach as well because the cinnamon doesn't kill them, but merely causes them to seek out a new shelter. Simply sprinkle some cinnamon in bowls and leave them in areas where you have seen them gather. You can also substitute cinnamon powder with cinnamon sticks or cinnamon oil.