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What are Silverfish and Firebrats?
Silverfish and Firebrats have long tail-like appendages coming out of the tip of the abdomen. They have chewing mouthparts, long antennae, and the body is nearly always covered with scales. These insects have a carrot-shaped body. Silverfish do have a silver coloration, firebrats are darker.
They both move fast and are often found in the bathtub or sink where they get trapped due to the slick surfaces.
Silverfish like paper and are especially fond of sizing. Thus wallpaper is enticing to them. You could find evidence in books and papers that are stored. Books and papers that are in constant use generally are not damaged by silverfish. They also like natural fibers such as silk, wool, and cotton. Firebrats prefer rayon.
Damage by silverfish can be noted by the presence of feces, scales, and irregular slit marks on fabrics. They are attracted to items of clothing that have not been laundered. Both pests like attics and shake roofs. They will enter residences and places of business through canned lights, and cracks and crevices.
If you have an issue with these pests and want additional information, please call our office for prevention and treatment options.