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The Firebrat is a heat-loving type of Silverfish that loves a good book.
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. Despite their feisty name, Firebrats do not bite, sting, or hurt people. Their presence is a nuisance more than anything, and they rarely form infestations indoors.
Firebrats are common throughout all of North America and prefer the warmth of the indoors, especially near heat sources. Individuals 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. Fabrics made from plants, like cotton and linen, are also edible to Firebrats. They hide in crevices and cracks, out of sight and often overlooked.
Scientific Name: Thermobia domestica
Other Name(s): Silverfish
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 14mm (0.51in to 0.55in)
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