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How To Control Firebratsfirebrat

A relative of the silverfish, firebrats are a common indoor pest that has been on the rise in recent years. These little bugs are rarely found outdoors and would much prefer areas with high amount of moisture which they can find inside of human dwellings. Firebrats are commonly found in hot humid places like boiler rooms and around hot water heaters. They can also be found around your ceiling, in light fixtures, in sinks or bathtubs, or on countertops.

Firebrats are about ½ to 1 inch long and have long, slender, bodies that are a dark orangish gray. Firebrats will eat just about anything. Some of their favorites include: wallpaper paste, flour, starch, dried beef, gum, paper, glue, rayon, sugar, cotton, linen, silk, breakfast cereal, and mold. Inside the home, the eating habits of firebrats can cause some frustrating damage.  Firebrats will eat into wallpaper, book bindings, paper goods and some dry food. Firebrats can also damage articles of clothing by eating holes into fabrics such as linen, cotton, and silk.

If you have come down with a firebrat infestation, then you need to take steps to tackle the issue before it gets out of hand. Here are Solutions Pest and Lawn we can equip you with the right bug-killing products and expert know-how so you can get rid of those firebrats yourself!

How to Get Rid of Firebrats: Solutions 3 Step Process

Getting rid of firebrats can be a tricky task because they are nocturnal insects. For best results, Solutions experts recommend a combination of both chemical and organic control methods be applied to achieve total elimination of the insect.  While using the professional-grade products we provide can go a long way in reducing a firebrat infestation, to achieve long-term control you will have to make your property less appealing to firebrats to get rid of them completely.

Step 1: Reduce areas of moisture around the home. Because firebrat have an affinity for moisture, it is important to eliminate high moisture areas. Firebrats flock to areas that are damp during the daytime around foundations, in mulch, under stones, boards, etc. By eliminating damp moist conditions as much as possible particularly around crawl spaces, faucets, and along the foundations, this can help greatly in preventing infestations.

Step 2: For areas of the home where you have found that firebrats frequent, you can set up traps to catch them. One of the most effective traps we carry are B&G Lo Line Insect Trap. These traps contain a special pheromone which will lure firebrats looking for a meal and will trap them. This is good is your infestation is minor.

Step 3: For invasions in the home,you can use a broad-sprectrum insecticide with a good residual like Cyper WP Insecticide or Zenprox EC Insecticide can provide long lasting control. Mix these products into a hand sprayer and treat all around the foundation both indoors and outdoors. Spend most of your focus treating the outside. Treat around windows, doorways, garages, crawl spaces, and around pipes and vents.

There are also dusts which you can use that are effective in killing earwigs and keeping them away like D-Fense Dust among others.

Step 4: Once the firebrat infestation has been eliminated, put into place exclusion and preventative measures to keep firebrats and other small pests from coming into your home. This can be done by decluttering your home and removing old papers, books, boxes, and clothes from storage areas. Some other preventative measures include placing screens on doors and windows and sealing up cracks and crevices with caulk.

Browse our firebrat control products below. If you have any questions or concerns, we are available via phone or online chat to help you with your order or give you advice on control methods.

 




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