Firebrat Identification Guide

What are firebrats?

Belonging to the order Thysanura, firebrats are related to silverfish and are common home invaders. Firebrats are often called bristletails because they have three tail-like appendages that extend off of their last body segment. Adults grow to about ¾ of an inch in length and are wingless. They have antennae that grow longer than their body. The firebrat’s body is grayish-brown and is covered in tufts of brown scales- giving them a mottled appearance. As their name suggests, firebrats, thrive in temperatures above 90 degrees.

firebrat on paper towel

Are firebrats dangerous?

Mainly considered nuisance pests, firebrats pose no significant health risks to people. They also do not bite or sting. However, their presence inside of your home should never be dismissed. They will feed on and damage things like upholstery, clothing, book bindings, wallpaper, and envelopes. They also feed on and contaminate pantry items like flour and cereal.

Why do I have a firebrat problem?

Areas of moisture attract firebrats. They are often found living outside in damp areas near our homes. They hide under things like woodpiles, mulch, and landscaping ties.
These pests often find their way inside while searching for food or while seeking more suitable living conditions. Damp areas around leaky roofs, sinks, or drains attract them to homes and other structures.
They may also be introduced inside of things like cardboard boxes, appliances, and furniture.

Where will I find firebrats?

Firebrats thrive in very hot temperatures. Inside, they live around ovens, hot water pipes, baseboard heaters, and in attics and crawl spaces.
Their high-temperature requirements make them common pests inside of homes, bakeries, restaurants, and other structures with commercial kitchens.

How do I get rid of firebrats?

Acquiring help from a professional pest control expert is the best way to eliminate firebrats and keep them from returning. At Albemarle Termite & Pest Control, our technicians are highly trained and dedicated to providing safe and effective pest control services that are affordable. We are a local, family-owned pest control company whose number one priority is putting our customers first and exceeding expectations. For home or business owners looking to eliminate pests from their property once and for all, call Albemarle Termite & Pest Control today!

How can I prevent firebrats in the future?

To help protect your North Carolina property from firebrats, consider putting into place the following prevention measures.

  • Leave a crushed stone barrier between any much or soil and the foundation.

  • Seal up cracks and crevices in the foundation of your home.

  • Place door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures in and around your home.

  • Install air conditioners to reduce the temperature and humidity levels in your home.

  • Make sure to ventilate your crawl spaces adequately.

  • Use plastic storage containers with locking lids instead of cardboard boxes to store items in your home.

  • Inspect boxes, packages, appliances, and furniture for firebrats before bringing the items into your home. 


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