Pest Facts: Silverfish/Firebrats
Silverfish got their name due to its body covered with silvery scales. Firebrats get their name from the reddish color of their body. They both may be referred to as bristletails because of the 3 long, bristle-like structures on the rear end of the body.
- Color: Silverfish – silver; Firebrats - Reddish
- Legs: Six
- Shape: Long, flattened
- Size: ½ to 3/4 inches
- Antennae: Yes
- Flying: No
- Region: All 50 states
Silverfish and firebrats are pests of paper, particularly of glazed paper, wallpaper and wallpaper paste, book bindings, and gummed labels and envelopes. They can survive weeks without food and water.
These insects hide during the day and prefer to rest in tight cracks or crevices. They can be found almost anywhere in the house or commercial structure. They tend to roam quite some distance while searching for food.
They do not spread diseases, but can cause damage to paper goods, wallpaper, and linens due to yellow staining, and their feces.
Control or eliminate moisture by repairing leaking pipes, sealing cracks and crevices, and remove potential food sources. Vacuuming is helpful in reducing large numbers.