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A small wingless insect (Thermobia domestica) closely related to the silverfishes and inhabiting warm areas of buildings, as around furnaces or boilers.


(Animals) a small primitive wingless insect, Thermobia domestica, that occurs in warm buildings, feeding on starchy food scraps, fabric, etc: order Thysanura (bristletails)



a bristletail, Thermobia domestica, that lives in areas around furnaces, boilers, steampipes, etc.
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Noun1.firebrat - lives in warm moist areas e.g. around furnaces
bristletail - small wingless insect with a long bristlelike tail
genus Thermobia, Thermobia - a genus of Lepismatidae
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According to SCJ, ERC houses approximately 20 species of insects, including six species Of mosquitoes, including the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (species that have the ability to transmit the Zika virus, dengue fever virus and chikungunya) as well as three species of cockroaches, two species of ants, silverfish, firebrats, clothes moths, stored product pests and the common house fly.
Tenders are invited for providing the necessary measures for controlling the cockroaches, ants (red & black), silverfish and firebrats and also controlling the house mouse, roof rats, mice & bandicoot etc.
Ojo-Igbinoba (1993) in his writing on indigenous methods of preservation in Africa, stressed that apart from fungi, the libraries suffer inconveniences from termites, cockroaches, silverfish, firebrats, bookworms, book lice, moths, spiders, beetles, mud wasps and rodents.