Firebrat

Firebrat

5969   Hi, thank you for this great site.  I noticed this little critter in the bathroom sink of our clean, 3rd floor apartment in Winnipeg about a month after moving in. I’ve never seen something like this in our old house, and was wondering if this was a baby cockroach, silverfish, or something else? If it wasn’t already here, it’s possible it came in with some of our old stuff which had been stored in a clean basement that did suffer from some groundwater seepage, where the occasional sow bug could be seen.  Thanks so much for your time!  -Adam

This is a firebrat (Thermobia domestica; Zygentoma: Lepismatidae). These are cosmopolitan in distribution and along with their close cousins, silverfish, basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause real harm. See http://tinyurl.com/mc5vk7j for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
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