Firebrat

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Actual Size: ½” to ¾”

Characteristics: Elongated and flattened body with thin legs and tail-like extensions. Its color ranges from gray to brown, featuring mottled patterns.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Tails: 3

Habitat: Firebrats are found both indoors and outdoors. They are drawn to heat, often inhabiting areas such as furnaces, boilers, and laundry rooms. Outside, they typically hide under rocks and in leaf litter.

Habits:

  • Firebrats are nocturnal. 
  • They use pheromones to attract other firebrats. 
  • Can damage household items, including books, wallpaper, and clothing, by feeding on them.
  • Once a female lays her eggs, it takes approximately 10 to 14 days for firebrat nymphs to hatch.

Firebrat in Georgia

Firebrats are widespread throughout Georgia, particularly in urban and suburban regions. Typically measuring between 1/2 to 3/4 inch in length, firebrats are nocturnal creatures that prefer warm and humid environments. Although they are active year-round, their numbers decrease during cold winters. However, they can endure the winter indoors if they find a warm, cozy hiding place. Their ability to adapt and survive indoors contributes to their persistence as household pests, capable of causing damage to stored items like paper, books, and clothing.

Firebrat Habitat

Firebrats inhabit warm and humid environments, making urban and suburban areas ideal habitats. These small insects are commonly found in spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms within homes and other buildings. They are attracted to heat sources such as furnaces, boilers, and hot water pipes, where they seek warmth and moisture. Outdoors, firebrats hide under rocks, leaf litter, and in protected areas near buildings. They are nocturnal creatures, active during the night and hiding during the day to avoid light and disturbances.

Firebrat Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Firebrats are pests that can rapidly breed and multiply in your home, but they’re generally harmless. They don’t bite or sting, but they can contaminate food. They are known to damage various household items such as books, paper, fabrics, and even wallpaper by feeding on them. Their presence can also contaminate stored food items. Firebats can exacerbate allergies and asthma in sensitive individuals due to their shed skin and feces. Prevention measures such as reducing humidity, sealing cracks and crevices, and minimizing food sources can help mitigate the risks associated with firebrats infestations. If you have excess firebrats on your property, contact your local exterminators for help.