A small, silver gray, wingless insect, Thermobia domestica, that lives in dark, warm interior regions, such as around furnaces, boilers and steampipes. The firebrats life cycle is 12 to 14 weeks and adult insects can reach 10 millimeters in length. Firebrats target starchy food such as paper, textiles, and wall paper sizing.
Resources and Citations
- MuseumPests.net: Firebrat
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- J. Dawson, CCI Technical Bulletin, 'Solving Museum Insect Problems: Chemical Control' , Canadian Conservation Institute, Ottawa, No. 15
- Lynda A. Zycherman, J.Richard Schrock, A Guide to Museum Pest Control, FAIC and Association of Systematics Collections, Washington DC, 1988