What are firebrats?
Firebrats are small insects, generally 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in length, which resemble silverfish. Firebrats are found throughout the world and normally live outdoors under rocks, leaf litter and debris, but occasionally move indoors where they are considered a pest. If indoors, they prefer warm and humid areas and can often be found near boilers and furnaces. Firebrats feed on a variety of foods and products high in protein, sugars and starches such as flour, cereal, pet food and book bindings. Like silverfish, firebrats are primarily active at night, hiding out during the daytime hours.
Are they dangerous?
Although these pests do not cause major damage throughout your home like termites are apt to do, nor are they known carriers of any diseases; they can contaminate food, stain clothing and damage paper goods, wallpaper, leather and books.
Can I do it myself?
Due to firebrat biology, complexity of treatment and the time required, firebrats are generally not a pest many home or business owners have success in eradicating on their own. You must beware when purchasing pesticides and other products online or in home improvement stores, as many are not effective. Pesticides can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.
How soon can you get here?
Schendel is 100% committed to helping you ASAP. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
Is the treatment safe?
Schendel uses the least amount of material as possible while still resolving your firebrat problem. We utilize natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of treatment as much as possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people, pets or plants. All products are found to be effective and registered by the EPA. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken.
How much does it cost?
We have standard pricing for all of our pest services, based on average size homes under 3500 square feet and where the infestation does not require more than the standard number of services. We will always make you aware of any price changes before we start your service. Sign up for your FREE quote today and see how much you can save with Schendel.
What is the Guarantee?
Schendel offers customers an exclusive PestZero Guarantee. We will target the source and eliminate your pest problem. If pests return, Schendel returns for free. Guaranteed.
How can I prevent this in the future?
Firebrat problems can be difficult to prevent because they are often accidentally brought into your home with boxes of materials that may have been stored in infested areas. Many of our clients choose to continue service with Schendel to keep pests out of their home throughout the year. You can also check our Pest Prevention Tips page for more information on pest prevention from Schendel.