Combatting Earwigs

combatting earwigs

As the weather cools, you may start noticing that earwigs are entering your home. During most of the year, they live outdoors, but if you want to keep them there throughout the winter, there are a few things you can do now.

Identification

Earwigs are dark brown insects that are about 1 inch long. They have a long, narrow body with pincers (known as cerci) on their abdomen. Unlike the popular myth says, earwigs do not crawl in a person’s ear to lay their eggs or burrow to the brain. In fact, they are quite harmless to people. Instead, earwigs are a nuisance pest that can do damage to paper, photos, and wallpaper and also to your flowers and foliage.

 

combatting earwigs

 

Earwigs like to be where the moisture is. In the outdoors, they are often found under rocks, in flower beds, under pots, in lawn clippings, etc. When the weather gets cold and they move inside, they can be found in damp places like basements, laundry rooms, crawl spaces, and under sinks.

Prevention

The best way to deal with earwigs is to prevent them from coming inside in the first place. Here are some tips:

 

  • Rake up and dispose of leaves or other debris in the yard
  • Keep compost piles away from your home as much as possible
  • Reduce the moisture in your home by using a dehumidifier and fixing any leaks
  • Keep water draining away from your home by repairing damaged gutters
  • Vacuum and Mop frequently to keep your home free of crumbs
  • Seal the exterior of your home so they cannot enter through cracks and crevices
  • Hire a Pest Control Company

 

If you are having trouble with earwigs around your home or inside your home, Midwest Pest Control is here to help. We will come to your home to perform an inspection, work with you on prevention methods, and take care of any infestations or problems we find. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee so that you can feel confident in our services. We are a family owned and operated business, and go to great efforts to earn your business and your trust.

Grant ChristensenCombatting Earwigs