Firebrat and Silverfish (Bristletails)

Silverfish and firebrats are similar species, sometimes both referred to as bristletails. Around a half an inch long, and gray in color, the silverfish can be distinguished by its shinier appearance. They don’t like light, and hide in cracks and crevices until it’s dark to come out and feed. Their favorite foods are things like oats, various types of cloth, and papers and pastes. Damage to books can be seen as holes or notches, or they can eat holes in curtains around the windowsill level. They can also be found hiding in clothes in the closet. Both types prefer moist areas, but the firebrat likes areas both hot and moist.


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