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Silverfish and Fire Brats: Thysanura

Silverfish And Fire Brats And People

Some species of silverfish are especially suited for living with people. They have been accidentally transported throughout the world. These species are considered household pests because of the damage they cause to household goods as they feed.


Fire brats live mostly with humans and prefer homes and buildings where both the temperature and moisture levels are high. They often are found near hot-water pipes, heaters, and fireplaces as well as ovens in bakeries. Their eggs take only twelve to sixteen days to hatch at 98.6°F (37°C). At 104°F (40°C) fire brats grow quickly, shedding their external skeletons every nine to eleven days. They live for about two years and will molt forty-five to sixty times.

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