The Firebrat has a grayish-brown, blotchy body that is wider at the front and tapers toward the rear. It has two antennae on its head that are as long as its body and three extensions from the rear that may also be very long. The Firebrat is a type of silverfish but is often found in more humid conditions.
Once Firebrats find a food source they usually stay close to it. They feed on things that are high in protein, sugar and starch and this includes foods, textiles, glue, and paper. But they can also go for months without eating.
Firebrats do not carry disease but damage from Firebrats can been seen from their feeding marks and feces left behind. If discovered they move very quickly to a crack or crevice to avoid being caught.
Set sticky traps in areas where you’ve seen Firebrats or suspect infestations. They can travel in inaccessible places and may be difficult to total eliminate.
The Firebrat is most common in summer and fall but can also be prominent indoors in winter months.