Silverfish and Firebrats
Even though Firebrats and Silverfish are similar in appearance, their habitats are a little different. Silverfish prefer damp, moderate temperature places such as basements, laundry rooms, and under sinks. Firebrats, as their name would suggest, survive best in hot, moist areas. They all prefer a dark, moist environment and require an abundant supply of starchy foods or molds. Silverfish and Firebrats are considered to be nuisance pests that can feed on wallpaper pastes, natural textiles, books, and papers. They also feed on mold or fungi that can grow on various surfaces. Firebrats and Silverfish are fast-moving and can travel throughout buildings. Hiding during the day, Firebrats and Silverfish are nocturnal. Once these insects find a good source of food, they stay close to it. Also, silverfish and firebrats do not hibernate, so during the cold Okanagan winters they will be looking for somewhere warm to stay.
Silverfish are small, slender insects that occasionally invade Okanagan homes. As their name indicates, they are usually silver in color and move across the ground in a fish-like manner. They grow to a length of 1/2 inch to 1 inch. The most important thing for the survival of a silverfish is humidity. They are usually found in areas of high moisture, such as basements, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Firebrats mostly look like silverfish, but lack the silvery sheen. Their body is gray or brown with bands of dark scales, usually with many dark markings that give a mottled appearance. Adult firebrats are about one-half inch long.
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