Do silverfish paks even work?

For years I’ve bought and used silverfish paks almost on a daily basis. Now I’ve been around for awhile and I think I’m a pretty good judge of what works and what doesn’t. I see a lot of silverfish damage to storage in attics, fecal matter under the insulation and even some dead ones on a glue board from time to time but one thing I rarely see is any signs of eating on the silverfish paks made just for them.

Is it just me or am I placing these things wrong? Is there a flavor out there I haven’t heard of? This all came to light just the other day while I was inspecting a home for termites that was serviced by someone else. Sure enough I found the alleged silverfish paks in all the favorite spots and just like mine they had no familiar nibbling or chew marks but unlike mine there were dead silverfish right next to these small little cards of death.

Now, am I just not doing it right and need a course in silverfish deathology (new word alert) or is this guy just really lucky and these bristle tails just ended up dead real close to his choice of placement? I of course have my theory but being the humble blogger and ever learning pest control technician that I am, I’ll leave the answer up to you. Please be kind and leave your thoughts in the comment section below–Apparently, I could use the help. šŸ™‚


About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • Keith

    I’ve had great success with Intice bait, I use under carpets and attics and the problem goes away. I do however like the first answer – A.C.E.

  • No respect šŸ˜‰
    However I Love the tip on Intice!

  • Lindseywhohatescrawlingbugs

    What did you conclude? Do they work? I’ve read some reviews where people believe they attract additional silverfish… Is that realistic?

    I started noticing silverfish about one week after my house was sprayed with suspend for argentine ants. It was also the day after it rained here in Southern California. Along the cupboard next to the fridge, I put out a jar trap but it didn’t end up with any silverfish. On the other side of the fridge I had tanglefoot on the floor and found 2 stuck in it. I also realized I have a few stuck in each of my lights. I bought some boric acid thinking I would dust the attic but I’m considering hiring someone. I just don’t think I can force myself to even open the door, let alone go up there. I have looked in a crawl space and believe I could dust in there.
    Any thoughts? Thank you!

  • Hi Lindsey,
    The poll results were 33% “don’t work”– I’m gonna put this poll on my Facebook group ‘pestcemetery’ & see if I can get additional input. I’m in the camp that they do not work as a magic bullet per se but they can be placed in so many places (safely) and that they have all the right elements that I’ll still continue to use them –I guess that’s why I buy em by the case– but I won’t depend on them as a stand alone technique. As far as treating the attic or crawl– Pro’s have machines that would make short work of those areas for you… check back as I’ll encourage folks to add their comments and hopefully we’ll all learn a bit.

    Thanks for your comment.