Firebrat

Firebrats

Thermobia domestica

Appearance

Firebrat
  • 12mm long. Torpedo shaped with 3 long bristles at end of abdomen.
  • Wingless with long antennae.
  • Firebrats — Mottled brown & cream.

Lifecycle

  • Eggs laid in crevices.
  • Adults live for 1–3 years.

Habits

  • Run quickly.
  • Firebrats favour hot conditions.
  • Feed on food debris, starches and gums and are active at night.
  • Minor pests of kitchens, libraries and commercial premises.