Silverfish eat mold and fungus
So, with this article I am going to discuss the connection between silverfish, mold and fungus.
Silverfish eat mold and fungus and can survive as their primary source of nutrition, so even if you’ve been online, bought an e-book, etc. Mold problem Silverfish are probably going nowhere fast. If you keep feeding the silverfish, how can you expect the infestation to stop?
I want to start with a distinction between mold and mildew. Mold is usually a gray or white fungus that grows on walls, paper, leather, and other similar materials in moist conditions. In residential situations, mold is often in the form of “black mold” and is prevalent in air conditioning ducts. Anyway, that’s my experience, the distinction between the two really isn’t important in the silverfish control situation.
Let’s go over the basics of mold (and mildew) remediation, as you may remember, there was a big black mold scare a few years ago, and insurance companies paid out millions, until black mold was ruled inconsequential and has no effect (medical that is) on homeowners, in addition to looking bad, well that’s not exactly true, it attracts silverfish. No need to call in professionals as insurance companies were paying, shelling out 5k+ to get rid of mold. Mold and mold spores in the air and in air conditioning ducts can be killed with thieves oil. To use Thieves Oil effectively to kill mold and mildew you will need to purchase what is called a dispersant, they can be purchased online, I think they are reasonably priced but I haven’t checked them in any time. Put the thieves oil in the diffuser, turn it on and leave the house for a period of 24 hours, and your mold should be completely eliminated or significantly reduced.
If you have stains on your drywall or stains from wet drywall, those areas should be given attention. If your current drywall is wet, has a plumbing leak, or a roof leak, it really can’t be anything else, unless you’ve experienced a flood. Long story short, you will have to fix the plumbing or water leak, this is a double whammy, you are testing them with water and food, too bad. An extremely important aspect of silverfish control is cutting off their access to water. All wet drywall should be replaced or allowed to dry, once dry “KILLZ” should be applied. same problem in the future. If you have a leak again, say during a bad storm, and the drywall gets wet, you don’t have to worry about mold growing back, wait for it to dry, paint over it and you’re good to go. Mold and fungus are by no means the only thing silverfish eat. That’s all for this article, for more information on silverfish see the link at the end of this article.