The firebrat, also known as the bristletail, has a teardrop shaped body and gets the common name of bristletail because of the three long bristle like appendages at the end of its body. The firebrat is wingless with a flattened body and is generally covered with scales. They are grayish in color, some having numerous dark markings. The antennae are long and threadlike. Favorable conditions for the firebrat are 90 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit; places with high humidity and temperature are a potential harborage and include locations like boiler rooms, attics, around ovens, furnaces, fireplaces and hot water heaters. The firebrat/bristletail lifespan is about 1 to 2 ½ years. Infested material has yellow stains, scales, feces and feeding marks such as holes and notches. They are fast runners, prefer the darkness, hide during the day and can be found to hide in cracks. They feed on carbohydrates and proteins such as oats, dried beef, silk, linen, cotton and rayon carpets.