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  • Firebrat - (Thermobia domestica)

    Firebrat - (Thermobia domestica)

    The Firebrat is a heat-loving type of Silverfish that loves a good book.

    Picture of Firebrat
    Staff Writer (1/15/2014): Firebrats are part of the same order as Silverfish. They have a long and flat silvery body with spike-like hairs protruding from yellowish scale-type plates. They have 3 long, thread-like tails that split from the tip of the abdomen.They can move quickly, but do not have wings.

    They are common throughout all of North America and prefer the warmth of the indoors, especially near heat sources. They are sometimes found inside homes and buildings near warm vents, furnaces and stoves. They feed off of starchy kitchen products like flour and potatoes, making them a potential pest in bakeries. They may also eat an occasional synthetic human-made product, like the glue that binds books, making them a likely visitor to the local library.

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    Details of the:

    Category: Bristletail
    Common name: Firebrat
    Scientific Name: Thermobia domestica
    Other Names: Silverfish

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Thysanura
          Family: Lepismatidae
           Genus: Thermobia
            Species: domestica

    Size (Adult, Length): 13mm to 14mm (0.51in to 0.55in)

    Identifying Colors: white, yellow, gray , brown, black

    Additional Descriptors: speckled, segmented, tails, spiky, hairy

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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