Earwigs

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What are earwigs?

Earwigs, also known as pincher bugs, are dark reddish-brown insects that are roughly five-eighths of an inch in length and can be found both with and without wings. These pests have long, smooth bodies with appendages (cerci) at their back end. Contrary to popular belief, earwigs do not crawl into people's ears while they sleep and lay eggs.

Earwig on a leaf

Are earwigs dangerous?

Despite their creepy appearance, earwigs are not considered dangerous pests. They’re more of a nuisance, but that doesn’t mean that you should allow them to invade your home or business. The only threat these insects pose to humans comes in the form of their bite, although they will typically only bite when they feel trapped or threatened, causing slight, localized pain.

Why do I have an earwig problem?

Earwigs will invade homes and businesses during the cold months of the year. If you are dealing with earwigs, it’s most likely because your property is providing them with everything they need to survive and thrive.

Earwigs can invade in various ways, including:

  • Through a crack or gap in your exterior foundation.

  • Carried in on an item such as a newspaper, piece of lawn furniture, or another object from outdoors.

Where are earwigs commonly found?

Earwigs are nocturnal insects that typically only come out at night to feed on decaying plant materials or other insects. By nature, earwigs prefer to hide in the dark and damp areas. Once they invade, some common areas where earwigs can be found include:

  • In basements

  • Under rugs

  • Under potted plants

  • In crawlspaces

  • In storage areas

How do I get rid of earwigs?

If you are looking for a way to get earwigs out of your home and keep them out for good, you can count on the local exterminators at Green Pest Management. We provide free inspections and will seek out and find how and why earwigs are invading. Then, we will then set up a two-fold defense, both in the form of a granular repellent and also in the form of a spray defense. This will not only keep earwigs from invading, but it will also work to deter a number of other pests as well.

Reach out to us at Green Pest Management to learn more about how our commercial and home control pest plans can protect you from earwigs!

How can I prevent earwigs in the future?

Moisture reduction is the best way to deter earwigs from invading your home. To accomplish this, search around your property for areas of water buildup. These water sources could be the result of a leak or an issue with your property’s gutter system. Repair any plumbing issues you discover and make sure your gutters are working well. In addition, consider the use of dehumidifiers in high-humidity areas.