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Earwigs

Originally named after a European legend (where they crawl into people’s ears – yikes), earwigs are generally harmless to humans, despite their intimidating pinchers. They’re also pretty prolific – with over 2,000 species worldwide and a presence on every continent except Antarctica. Although earwigs are harmless to you, they can be a threat to your houseplants and garden. 

Plant and crop damage is usually the biggest problem caused by earwigs, although we certainly don’t enjoy seeing them crawl around our homes. Some Earwig species can release a horrible-smelling (although non-toxic) liquid if disturbed, which is definitely not something you want in your house. Whether you have houseplants or peace of mind to protect, we’ve got some options for getting earwigs out of your space – just contact us to get a free estimate from our Greenix service pros

How To Identify Earwigs

The most noticeable feature of Earwigs are the pinchers that come out of the back of their abdomen. They do also have small wings, but are not typically seen flying. Earwigs are usually brownish, although they can be more of a light brown, reddish brown, or black. Most Earwigs will be between a quarter of an inch to an inch in length. As insects, they have six legs and a pair of antennae. Generally nocturnal, earwigs will usually be hiding in crevices during the day.

Earwigs feast on plants and other insects, so may be seen around piles of leaves or wood, etc. outdoors. In a home, they may be in any areas that have debris like dirt or leaves, and/or in moist areas. Although they won’t open your front door and walk in, earwigs can be pretty good at sneaking in through small holes around the exterior or foundation of your home, and will likely head for moist areas and potential food sources once they’re in your house.

Why Do I Have Earwigs in My Home?

Earwigs generally enter a home through cracks and crevices in areas like walls, doors, windows, and foundations. They are especially likely to seek shelter in homes for the winter, when they hibernate. Areas with high levels of moisture or condensation are often attractive to earwigs, so keep a special eye on damp areas if you’re concerned about earwigs being in or around your home.

Earwig Prevention Tips

The best way to prevent earwigs from coming into your home is to make sure any cracks and holes around your home’s walls and foundation are patched. Using humidifiers and checking on the effectiveness of your gutters and drainage systems can also help you prevent the moist conditions earwigs love best. 

Keeping tasty materials like wood and leaf piles away from your home or garden can also help prevent you from attracting earwigs. That said, if you’re already seeing earwigs in your home or garden/yard, it’s time to get serious about professional pest control solutions before the earwigs terrorize your home or garden anymore.

Earwig Control With Greenix Pest Control

Seeing earwigs around your home and aren’t sure what to do next? You might be tempted to try some DIY bug solutions, but the best option for safe pest control is to call in professional pest control help. Some DIY solutions can be costly, and may even be dangerous for you or any pets you have in your home. Plus, calling in the pros means you can kick back and relax while your pests are being removed! 

If it’s time to get your earwig infestation under control, reach out and get a free estimate from our service pros today! We’ll come in and inspect your home/yard for earwigs, talk you through a solution for solving your pest problems, and do quarterly maintenance to keep your home pest-free.

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The Greenix Seasonal Pest plan removes and prevents:

  • Ants
  • Wasps
  • Spiders
  • Roaches
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Silverfish
  • Stinkbugs
  • Pillbugs
  • Centipedes
  • Millipedes
  • Mites

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