It is quite common for firebrats to be mistaken for silverfish. When firebrats infest your home it can be difficult enough without wasting time guessing whether or not it is firebrats or silverfish. This article gives information on similarities as wells as differences between firebrats and silverfish. It also includes tips on how to get them out of your home.
An infestation of firebrats can be confused with a silverfish infestation if you are not aware of the differences between firebrats and silverfish. If an infestation is not controlled they can do substantial damage in your home and to your belongings.
Some of the similarities and differences
Both insects are flat wingless insects with two long antennae on their heads and three long appendages on their back end.
Both are commonly found in houses throughout the world and have been around for millions of years. Firebrats are smaller than silverfish growing to a size of a little over ½ inch compared to silverfish growing to approximately 1 inch in length.
The average life span for firebrats Is 1 – 2 years compared to an 8-year lifecycle for silverfish.
Firebrats are mostly found in the very warm damp areas of your home and do not reproduce unless their environment is very warm bordering on hot.
Because of their preference for heat firebrats are usually found close to stoves, boilers, heating pipes, furnaces, and other heat-producing items.
Silverfish have compound eyes that allow them to have a wide view range and see light.
Silverfish have silvery colored bodies and firebrats have a grayish-brown body color. The scales that cover the silverfish body give off a silvery shine.
Both insects are nocturnal and prefer to move around when it is dark but you may see them any time of day around your home.
Their main food source consists of carbohydrates and starches found in items such as glue, dog food, cereal, flour, paper, cardboard boxes, clothing, and other sources.
Firebrats are mostly found in the very warm damp areas of your home and do not reproduce unless their environment is very warm bordering on hot. Because of their preference for heat firebrats are usually found close to stoves, boilers, heating pipes, furnaces, and other heat-producing items.
These two insects usually enter your home by being carried in boxes, furniture, and other items that may have been stored in infested places like a warehouse.
These two insects have problems crawling on smooth surfaces which is why you will often find them trapped in bathtubs and sinks.
It is difficult to get rid of either of these insects because they hide deep inside walls and floor openings making them hard to reach with most insect treatment products. Controlling them will require some changes in your home such as lowering the humidity level, fixing leaks, removing food sources such as old papers in garage and attic, and lighting dark areas where they hide.
Often the question arises about different methods used in getting rid of a firebrat or silverfish infestation. Having an infestation is never good news however the infestation the remedies are the same for both insects. You can also hire a professional pest control company Brisbane to control silverfish and firebrats.