What attracts fish moths to my home? Fish moths love areas that are warm and moist. Always clean up any spills and that there are no moist areas in your home. This includes areas such as bathroom, underneath the sink, and around pipes. Make sure any leaks in your plumbing are fixed. Check all of the cracks, drains and vents around the house. These areas should all be sealed so that any existing fish moths cannot escape and no new ones can enter.

Silverfish hide their eggs cracks, making them extremely hard to identify. Silverfish can lie anything between 4 to 20 eggs per day. That means in a week you can easily have approximately 140 new eggs ready to hatch. What happens when these 140 new eggs lay their own eggs? They can be found in very common places in your home like books, paintings, carpets, coffee, sugar, pasta, etc.

Fish moths or silverfish is a tiny wingless pest. It is among those small active insects that have two or three bristles at the end of their abdomen. They can be seen in kitchen, bathroom, laundry rooms, and spaces with moisture. They are not harmful to humans. They live on food items like sugar, flour, cereals, wallpaper, and clothes. The first step that should be taken is to make sure that you remove the food fish moths live off. If you need to keep these items then pack them in a sealed container.

Fish Moths Pest Control DIY tips,

  • Make packets of spices (torepel fish moths from cabinets).
    • Silverfish don’t like the smell of spices
    • Make little sachets of cloves, cinnamon, and other strong-smelling spices
    • Placing them in your kitchen cabinets and cupboards


  • Use lavender or citrus essential oil(a spray that can help repel fish moths).
    • Both of these scents are effective in repelling fish moths
    • Completely nontoxic to humans
    • Get some lemon or lavender essential oil (Dischem or Clicks)
    • Dilute with water
    • Spray liberally in all areas where you don’t want silverfish

These sprays can be used in closets, drawers, and other bedroom areas.


Not only will your home smell lovely form the cinnamon fragrance, but it will also keep these pests from entering your home. Place cinnamon sticks in the drawers, kitchen cupboards, bathroom, and book shelves.

Naphthalene (Moth) Balls

Naphthalene (Moth) balls can be kept in the clothing to get rid of fish moths. Place them in your closet and book shelfs. The scent of moth balls is so irresistible; therefore they will die when coming into contact with these balls.


Cloves contain Eugenol, a natural repellent which is used to get rid of most pests in your home. You can use whole cloves to get rid of fish moths naturally. You can place these whole cloves in all the damp and dark areas in your home. Fish moths cannot stand the scent of cloves hence they will not enter your dwelling.

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