Firebrat

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Firebrat
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Thysanura
Family:Lepismatidae
Genus:Thermobia
Species:T. domestica
Binomial name
Thermobia domestica
Packard, 1873
 
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Firebrat
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Thysanura
Family:Lepismatidae
Genus:Thermobia
Species:T. domestica
Binomial name
Thermobia domestica
Packard, 1873

The Firebrat (Thermobia domestica, sometimes listed as Thermophila furnorum) is a small insect (typically 1–1.5 cm) similar to the Silverfish, both in the order Thysanura.

Firebrats prefer higher temperatures and require some humidity, and can be found in bakeries and near boilers or furnaces. They feed on a wide variety of carbohydrates and starches that are also protein sources such as dog food, flour and book bindings. They are distributed throughout most parts of the world and are normally found outdoors under rocks, leaf litter, and similar, but are also often found indoors where they are considered pests. They are primarily a nuisance inside the home or buildings, as they do not cause major damage, though they can contaminate food, damage paper goods, and stain clothing. Otherwise they are mostly harmless.

At 1 12 to 4 12 months of age the female firebrat begins laying eggs if the temperature is right (32–41 °C or 90–106 °F). It may lay up to 6000 eggs in a lifetime. After incubation (12–13 days), the nymphs hatch. The complete life cycle may be passed in 2 to 4 months; thus several generations may result each year.

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