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Also called bristletails because of the three long tail-like appendages at the hind end. They live normally outdoors under rocks, bark and leaf mold, but can be a nuisance when they enter homes. Silverfish are most likely found in moist areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and basements. Removing sources of dampness may eliminate the problem. Firebrats live in warmer, humid places such as attics in the summer and near ovens, fireplaces and central heating pipes in winter. They are harmless to humans and pets but can damage papers, wallpaper, books and sometimes clothing. Both insects are nocturnal, and move quickly when caught in the light.
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[Photos, left to right: Jeff Hahn; Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org]
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