A firebrat is a wingless insect that resembles a silverfish in
appearance; firebrats are in a group of bugs know as bristle tails.
Most firebrats are found living outside and can be seen when you turn over landscape timbers, rocks, logs or other such objects. They can also be found in nests of mammals and birds. This insect prefers damp, organic materials and will invade homes when their numbers are high or if over wet conditions exist. During droughts, firebrats may also enter homes in search of moisture but are not known to be a pest that thrives or reproduces in our homes.
Silverfish and firebrats move about more during the night and can often be seen in bathtubs or sinks where they have become trapped while searching for food or water. Firebrats can do some damage to books, paper products, linens and will chew on natural and synthetic fabrics.
Treatment (elimination and prevention) of firebrats is the same as when treating for silverfish or occasional invaders. The biggest difference in control measures: firebrats cannot be eliminated with an insect bait; silverfish can be treated by using Niban FG granular insect bait. Other than that one difference, use the same spray and/ or dust control measures that you would use for silverfish.