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Old 02-25-2017, 01:57 AM
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wondering if anyone has any tips for pest control in the aviary, that obviously will not harm my budgies. I have a bit of a silverfish issue going on, I have a cheap chipboard bookshelf in the aviary that the birds use and the silverfish are enjoying munching on it. Of course my other option is to remove the bookshelf (which should then remove the food source) but the budgies enjoy using it so I was hoping for another solution first.

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From internet searching, it seems like your bookcase has had its day if you want to get rid of the silverfish (though from what I've seen so far, they don't appear to be actually dangerous), as once an infestation has taken hold, it seems that realistically it needs harsher chemical treatments to irradicate.

Cinnamon, cloves, lavender, citrus oil, basil & cedar wood (which is usually on unsafe wood list!) appear to repel them. If you google 'silverfish aviary' you will find products such as this: Control Natural Aviary and Cage Bug Spray

Clear out piles of old newspapers & cardboard which they hide in and eat.
Transfer any foods in cardboard packets into plastic containers.
They thrive in dark damp areas - there's not much you can do about humid air in an aviary but consider if you create other sources of damp e.g. Put bathing water containers on a plastic tray so spilt water doesn't soak into surfaces.
Sweep & vacuum regularly to help remove eggs.
Diatomaceous earth is mentioned a lot but with advice to wear a face mask when applying, so that's also likely to be unsuitable for the birds.

Best of luck!
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JRS has offered excellent advice.

Here is another link that may be helpful to you as well:

https://animals.mom.me/silverfish-remedies-6158.html
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JRS and FaeryBee have given you very good advice. Just to add on here is another link: Pest Control Aviary Bug Insect Spray 32 oz by Mango Pet [11401081030] - $17.00 : The best selection of bird food bird cages and toys for macaw parrots, cockatiels, budgies and all pet birds, We speak bird @ Windy City Parrot
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Orange Oil (D-limonene) is the best organic (and effective) way to safely rid of insects in the home and around pets including birds. I've used a certain Orange Oil natural pesticide called Orange Guard Orange Guard, Inc. All Natural Insecticide and repellent that is only made and distributed locally, but I'm thinking there are similar products available in many parts of the world now? The termite extermination companies are now regularly using this. That speaks volumes for the safety and effectiveness.

D-limonene products leave a pleasant orange scent. It is non-aerosol so it doesn't fill the air. It is slightly oily, but the residue wipes up easily. A couple years ago, we had ant infestation, and unfortunately went into the room with the birds. A ton of ants were all over my parrot's cage, in his food, grate and all. Besides washing his food bowl, I killed the swarm of ants with Orange Guard on Raven's cage. Of course Raven was removed from his cage, and all traces of product was wiped thoroughly off. NO harm to my birds! And... no more ants.

Read the link below and it will tell you how it not only kills insects, but eradicates the pheromone trail for new colonies to take hold. In the hot months we have flies that get into the house (yuck) and this stuff is great. Kills them on contact. It's a Godsend to have a product that is this effective AND just as importantly, that I can have peace of mind using right around my birds.

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I had no idea! I guess orange oil is the best bet for everyone!
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thanks everyone! a few great ideas there. My own google searches kept coming up with more toxic solutions which of course is not suitable for an aviary. Should be fairly easy to get some orange oil from somewhere, I'll give that a try
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