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

SilverfishThe 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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Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Does Chalk Actually Deter Ants?

Chalks and AntsMost people have witnessed a skillfully-executed home invasion conducted by ants. The small, yet intelligent creatures may be found in the kitchen near trash cans, sugar, and any other potential food source. Though it seems like ants can invade overnight, many people struggle much longer to get rid of the insects. One common remedy that is often used to deter ants is drawing a line around entry points using chalk. While many have successfully prevented ants from returning to their homes by using chalk, there is much debate regarding the reason this remedy actually works.

Some people argue that it is the talcum powder content of regular classroom or sidewalk chalk that keeps ants at bay by interfering with the insects’ sense of touch. Based on this reasoning, a line of baby powder can be substituted for chalk if chalk is unavailable. Others suggest that chalk or any sort of powdery line interferes with the chemical trails ants leave behind. According to this theory, ants that encounter a chalky, powdery line while following the chemical trail become confused and no longer have a clear path to follow into a person’s home. Still others argue that chalk that is made of the crushed shells of marine animals. The crushed shells contain calcium carbonate, which is believed by some to be a natural ant repellent.

It is important that consumers not confuse the classroom or sidewalk chalk remedy with ant chalk, also known as “Miraculous Insecticide Chalk” or Chinese chalk. Unlike common chalk that is used by teachers and children, ant chalk is a chemical insecticide that simply resembles classroom or sidewalk chalk. Consumers should avoid purchasing this product as it has been found that the product’s labels often do not comply with lead content regulations, and ant chalk has been alleged in cases of child poisoning.

While the exact reasoning may still be unclear, many people find drawing a chalk line to be an effective, natural way to deter ants. Chalk offers the benefit of being safe for animals and small children, and it is easy to clean up. However, if repeated attempts to use chalk as a barrier against ants fail, it is best to enlist the services of a qualified pest control company to assess the situation and deliver an effective solution.

When using any type of at home remedy such as chalk, keep in mind any pets and small children that you may have. Either keep the pets and children away from the chalk or take precautions to make sure they cannot be within reach of it around the house.

For professional help with your ant infestation calls Clegg’s today at 1-888-MR-CLEGG or contact us online.

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