It is 2005 and you are rearranging your bookshelf. You find a book that your grandmother used to have. Old and torn from a few places, the book looked like a find from the ruins. You cleaned the surface of the book and kept it in a safe place on the bookshelf.
It is 2010 and you saw a feature on the shopping habits of consumers in a magazine. You put the magazine aside thinking that this information will come handy in the project that you are working on.
It is 2015 and you find a report in the newspaper about the upcoming elections. You saved the newspaper in the same bookshelf you have been several magazines and newspapers for ages.
It is 2019 and you happen to rearrange the bookshelf. You see the piles of many newspapers and magazines you have saved over the years. Upon skimming through the magazine, you find that the article that you had enjoyed years ago have been completely eaten by silverfish. Not only that, the new books that you have recently bought are also under attack.
For cleaning the clutter of old magazines, you called the junk removal company to clean the shelf in an efficient manner. But, now, raises the question of keeping the current books save from silverfish. You can use silverfish bombs that are available in the market, but you can't expose your books to too much chemical after every 15 days. Here are some natural remedies that can help you keep silverfish away from books naturally.
Silverfish detests the smell of thyme. If you want to keep silverfish away, the best thing to do is to cut some sprigs of thyme and keep them behind the books on the shelf. Bruise them a little to release the scent.
2. Make a Trap
Take a mason jar and cover it with masking tape all the way to the top. Now, fill the jar with food attractants like oatmeal, crumbled crackers, dry cookie crumbs, or oats. Place the jars near or on the bookshelf. Attracted by the food's smell, the silverfish will get inside the jar but won't be able to reach the top as they will slip on the glass surface of the jar - the insides are not covered.
3. Lavender Oil
In a spray bottle, take 1 teaspoon lavender oil and 300ml of water. Take out all the books and vacuum the shelf. Now, spray it with the lavender mixture. This will also keep the silverfish away from your books.
4. Baking Soda
Mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of baking soda and form a paste. Spread it on small square card. Place the cards on the bookshelf or the surrounding area. Silverfish will nibble on them which will prove to be toxic for them.
Silverfish is a great nuisance. If they have attacked the magazines to a great extent, it is better to get the magazines and newspapers discarded professionally.