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Firebrats

Firebrats look very similar to silverfish and are often confused with them. Firebrats do not have wings. They are equipped with a very long pair of antennae and grow to be about ½ an inch in length. Their body is tear-shaped (think carrot) and is mottled grayish-brown; firebrats do not have the shiny metallic appearance that silverfish have. They also have 3 long slim appendages coming off their last body segment. Firebrats thrive living in areas that are high in temperature (90 degrees and above) and can be commonly found in homes, bakeries, commercial kitchens, and restaurants.

Are firebrats dangerous?

Firebrats are a nuisance pest and are not dangerous; they do not bite, sting, and aren’t known to transmit any diseases to people. Firebrats can, however, cause damage to personal items and can contaminate food, so they should be eliminated from a home or other property as quickly as possible.

Why do I have a firebrat problem?

Firebrats are generally found in homes after they enter while foraging for food. Firebrats are unique because of the extremely high temperatures that they flourish in. They even have heat resistant “feet”.  Inside homes, firebrats are found living behind or near ovens, baseboard heaters, hot water heaters/pipes, and in hot attics and crawl spaces. They prefer to consume starches but will also eat some carbohydrates and proteins; they will feed on flour, cereal, oats, book bindings, envelopes, pictures, and wallpaper.

How do I get rid of firebrats?

Firebrats live in the hot, hard to reach areas of homes and other buildings which make finding, treating, and eliminating them a particularly tricky task. Getting help from a pest control expert that has experience eliminating firebrats is the most effective way to get rid of an infestation. At All-American Pest Control, we can help to find and eliminate all firebrats and other common household pests from your home through our year-round Perimeter Pest Control program or our Green Choice Pest Control program.

Can I do it myself?

The best way to safely and completely get rid of firebrats from your home and to prevent a re-infestation is to get help from a professional firebrat control expert. Do-it-yourself pesticides are often dangerous if not mixed or placed properly; they are often ineffective, and they do nothing to help prevent future infestations. If firebrats have infested your home, contact the pest control experts here at All-American Pest Control today.

Why Choose All-American Pest Control?

With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort, and patience it takes to solve any pest problem, including problems with firebrats. By choosing All-American Pest Control, you can be sure that you will receive quality services, thorough treatments, and a commitment to solving your pest problem by our trained, experienced, and friendly experts.

How can I prevent problems with firebrats in the future?

  • Along with getting help from the firebrat experts at All-American Pest, the following prevention tips can help to prevent problems with these pests in your home.

  • Fix or seal any cracks and crevices found in the foundation of your home; install door sweeps underneath doors.

  • Reduce humidity levels in your home by installing dehumidifiers.

  • Install air conditioners to reduce the temperature inside your home.

  • Reduce clutter in the basement, attic, and other storage areas to limit areas that firebrats can hide and live in.

  • Store personal belongings in plastic storage containers with tight fitting lids instead of cardboard boxes.

  • Place dry goods like flour and cereal in plastic or glass containers that have tight fitting lids.

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