Firebrats and silverfish often get confused by each other, however they are different pests. Firebrats do not fly, and they are shaped kind of like a carrot. They usually invade homes searching for food or source of water. They like to live in hot, and hard to reach areas, making it very hard to find them and know if you even have an infestation. However, if you do happen to see one crawling around your home, you should definitely call the real Nashville Pest Control and have them take care of the problem for you!
Appearance and Life-cycle:
Firebrats, again, look like silverfish, but have some differences. Firebrats are about ½ of an inch, and they have long antennae’s. These pests have similar shape to that of a carrot, and they are grayish brown. However, they do not have a shiny metallic look to them like silverfish do. They undergo several different stages in their life. The female firebrat lays about 50 eggs that eventually have to undergo 4 nymph stages before maturing into an adult.
Habitat and Behavior:
As stated before, firebrats like to habitat in warmer areas that become hotter than 90 degrees, like near water heaters, hair dryers, ovens, and attics within the summer months, bath tubs, etc. Firebrats eat foods that are high in protein and carbohydrates. Infestations begin when things are brought into the home that are already infested. They can be transferred in boxes, papers, books, furniture, etc. Once infesting the home, they reach those warm areas and are usually found in the places mentioned before.
Level of Danger:
Firebrats are not dangerous, but they can become a real nuisance within the home. If not treated properly, they can begin to damage items, and can contaminate any food that you have stored. Because they contaminate your food, you should get rid of them as soon as possible. To do so, call the real Nashville Pest Control, and have them take care of it for you.
Signs of Infestation:
The only real way to know if you have an infestation of firebrats is by seeing them around your home.
In order to prevent firebrats from invading your home, you should do several things. The first thing you need to do is seal all cracks and crevices in and around your home. Another thing you could do is reduce the level of humidity in your home. Since firebrats migrate to warm areas, a low humidity will keep it cooler in the house. You should also reduce any clutter that has collected in your basement and attic areas. This will help the firebrats to keep from hiding under the clutter where you cannot see them to treat them. You could do all of these things yourself, or you could call the real Nashville Pest Control and have them treat your home for you!