There’s a catch in request for silverfish-killer recipe


Dear Heloise: I’ve heard that you have a recipe for eliminating silverfish like you do for roaches. Please, please, please send this to me.

I’ve been living in my parents’ home since Hurricane Katrina, waiting for my home to get fixed. My parents have battled these creepy, slithering little crustaceans since I was a child — 50 years! I’ve had an exterminator come out three times, and I still see them. The stuff I could salvage has been in boxes for two and a half years, which I know they just love.

My new home is near its completion, and I am so fearful that I am going to bring these repulsive crustaceans in. Charlotte J., via e-mail

Charlotte, silverfish are one of the most primitive insects, and they are common in homes! Despite their lack of wings, in some parts of the country they are known as silverfish “moths.” They live in cool, damp places, especially basements, and they like materials high in protein, sugar or starch — cereals, flour and paper that has glue on it (wallpaper and books, for example). We used to have a homemade formula for eliminating them, but the chemicals were hard to find. Commercial sprays really are best for large infestations. Look for one that has pyrethrum powder, which is made from certain flowers in the chrysanthemum family and is a natural substance that is among the safest insecticides (it’s also used for killing ants). You must treat those boxes to kill the silverfish before moving into your new home. Heloise

P.S.: A professional exterminator is still your best bet.

Dear Heloise: Traveling with my two young grandsons and renting a car meant I needed to check in their car seats at the airport.

I searched online for covers, but they were pricey. I was going to use a black trash bag, but was warned that it might look like trash and get dumped.

I found a clear-vinyl suit bag, heavy gauge with a zipper. They fit in there perfectly, and the seats stayed clean and were easy to find on the luggage carousel. Bev Campbell, Galena

King Features Syndicate

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