What are earwigs?
Earwigs are nocturnal insects with tiny wings that are rarely ever used. They have pincers used to defend themselves that are not likely to break the skin. This pest is usually ¼ to 1-inch long and dark brown with dark markings. Like other insects, they have six legs and antennae.
Are earwigs dangerous?
The belief that earwigs crawl into people’s ears and lay eggs is only an old wives’ tale and isn’t true in the least. As mentioned above, a bite from an earwig may be painful, but it likely won’t cause a wound. These pests do have any venom and are not known to spread diseases, so they are not medically dangerous to people.
Why do I have an earwig problem?
Earwigs aren’t pests that do well inside, but they can sometimes wander in. When there is a drastic change in weather, earwigs can sneak into homes through small openings. Having bright outdoor lights can also attract earwigs to your house.
Several other factors provide conducive conditions for these pests. These factors include high moisture and food sources such as decaying organic matter.
Where will I find earwigs?
Although earwigs are not any more likely to crawl into a person’s ear than any other insect, they may still find their way into a bed, but only because they like dark and warm places. They also like moist areas such as under sinks, around baseboards, and under carpets. Depending on the size of the infestation, there may be a foul smell produced by these pests.
How do I get rid of earwigs?
If you are dealing with earwigs in your home, there are likely other insects there too. Because of this, you should contact us at Armed Force Pest Control. We provide effective pest control services in Middletown, CA, to remove active infestations and prevent new ones.
Our residential pest control services will help keep earwigs and other insects out of your house. And it’s easy to get started with general or commercial pest control treatments you need when you contact us at Armed Force Pest Control.
How can I prevent earwigs in the future?
Along with professional services, you can do the following things on your property to help make it less attractive to earwigs:
- Reduce moisture: Repair any leaks and replace any water-damaged wood, keep gutters from getting clogged, and create a barrier of crushed rocks to keep your home’s foundation from touching soil.
- Reduce food sources: Remove leaf piles, compost, and other decaying matter, and adequately treat gardens for pests.
- Reduce entry points: Seal cracks in the foundation and exterior walls, repair damaged screens, and install weatherstripping around windows and doors.
Give us a call at Armed Force Pest Control to learn more about how we can help with earwigs and other household pests.