You can effectively eliminate an infestation of silverfish and
your home by using adhesive tape for pest control.
In the image below, taken in an apartment building, firebrats were entering an apartment from under a bathroom cabinet. The infestation was eliminated by using adhesive tape to trap the insects and completely block their entire pathway into the home.
The advantages of using adhesive tape to get rid of bugs instead of other pest control methods such as baits, dusts, and liquid insecticides, are numerous:
The main disadvantage of using tape is that you need to avoid stepping on it. This can be achieved by using the tape in places where you don't normally walk, or by simply being careful not to step on it.
The adhesive tapes should be used to completely block the entire pathway of
the insects. If you know the entry point of the silverfish or firebrats into
your house, surround this area with tape. If the bugs have already infested your home,
a very effective technique is to block them from moving between rooms by using the tape either under doors, or very close to the doors
between rooms. This technique is displayed in the pictures below.
You will need to use three tapes on top of each other, as explained below.
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The bottom tape (blue tape in the pictures below) has to be wide (i.e. 1 or 2 inch wide) and have light-strength or medium-strength adhesive (so it does not damage carpets or peel off paint from walls).
When applying the bottom tape (as well as the tapes that follow), press down with your fingers along the tape to make sure there are no air gaps that the insects can crawl through.
If you are applying the tapes on the floor or carpet, make sure to go up the wall about 2 inches (see picture below). Some insects, when they find there is tape on the floor, will try to climb instead on the wall. Two inches of tape is more than enough to convince them that the tape is also on the wall.
In addition, whenever you are applying a tape over a corner, be sure not to leave any gaps that the bugs can crawl under (see picture below).
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