Firebrats are small, silver-gray insects that are often mistaken for silverfish. Found throughout Arizona and the southwestern United States, these pests can cause serious damage to homes and businesses if left untreated. Firebrats feed on a variety of organic materials found in buildings such as paper products, glue, starch in clothing and fabrics, dandruff from humans or pets, dried food residues, wallpaper paste, insulation material, and more. They also pose health risks to people as they may carry diseases or trigger allergies with their presence.

Firebrats in Arizona can be divided into two main types: the western firebrat and the desert firebrat. The western firebrat is most commonly found near homes, especially those located near wooded areas or agricultural fields. They are usually deep brown to black in color and have a shiny exoskeleton with three long, thin stripes running down their backs. Western firebrats are known to feed on wallpaper paste, fabrics, and other organic materials found in homes.

The desert firebrat is found mostly outdoors in areas such as gardens, lawns, and desert shrubs. They are often a light gray color with brown markings and have wings that allow them to fly short distances. Desert firebrats prefer to feed on dead insects, decaying plant matter, and other organic material found outside.

Although both types of firebrats can be a nuisance in Arizona, they also pose potential health risks if their presence is not addressed quickly. Firebrats may carry diseases or parasites that can be spread to humans, and their feces can trigger allergies in some people. They may also cause structural damage to homes if left untreated for too long.

In order to protect yourself from firebrats, it is important that you take certain precautions. Make sure to check your home regularly for any signs of an infestation such as small holes in walls or wood, paper or fabric damage, or the presence of fecal pellets. You should also take steps to reduce moisture levels in your home by fixing any leaking pipes and using dehumidifiers where necessary. Regular vacuuming can help to remove firebrats and their eggs from carpets and upholstery.

By understanding the different types of firebrats found in Arizona and taking the necessary steps to protect yourself, you can help to keep your home safe from these pests. Keep an eye out for any signs of an infestation and take action quickly by calling CAPE Pest Control if you suspect that firebrats might be present.

Cape Pest Control Firebrat

Customized Protection for Every Home

Our Pest Control Plans

CAPE Pest Control offers a comprehensive suite of pest management solutions, ranging from basic to advanced, ensuring tailored, effective protection for every need and budget.

Cape Pest Control Package One 334w

Protected Environment


This package offers protection against over 20+ general crawling insects, including scorpions.

Cape Pest Control Package 2 334w

Protected Environment


In addition to covering over 20+ general crawling insects including scorpions, this package includes fly treatment upon request and Fresh Foam applications twice a year.


Cape Pest Control Package 3 334w

Protected Environment


This package adds Mosquito Misting services from March to October during regular service visits and includes 2-4 Rodent Bait stations, along with the previously mentioned services.


Cape Pest Control Package 4 336w

Protected Environment


This encompasses all the services of the previous packages. Additionally, it offers up to 4 Inzecto units, 2-4 Rodent Bait stations, and up to 10 Sentricon Termite Bait Stations, subject to an inspection.


Family Owned & Operated

Through the power of word-of-mouth, CAPE Pest Control (formerly ScorpionTech™) has become a prominent provider of pest management services in the Phoenix-area. Our standard package includes specialty treatments and is unrivaled by any similar service in the industry. Let us protect your home from scorpions, spiders, ants, roaches, termites—and more! We are delighted to bring you quality service that speaks for itself; happy customers have kept our business growing strong day after day.

Cape Pest Control Complete Approach

Get a Free Estimate.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Request Free Estimate

Free Estimate

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Request Free Estimate