Earwig Identification & Prevention

What are earwigs?

Earwigs are scavenging insects, feeding on decaying aphids, snails, insect larvae, and plants. You can identify these unique-looking insects by their long, slender, reddish-brown bodies, and pair of pincers that extend from the back of their abdomen.earwig on leaf

Are earwigs dangerous?

The myth that earwigs crawl into the ears of people to lay their eggs is entirely false. Earwigs are nuisance pests that present no real danger to people. Their pincers may appear threatening but are not strong enough to cause a person any pain. They use the pincers as a means of defense against each other. When gathered in large populations, some species of earwigs can cause damage to grass and plants as they scavenge for food.

Why do I have an earwig problem?

Earwigs spend most of the year living, feeding, and breeding outside. Those that are living in the damp soil around the perimeter of homes and other buildings will move inside to escape unsuitable weather conditions, such as hot, dry, or extremely rainy weather. Earwigs move inside at ground level through cracks in the foundation or spaces under exterior doors. They also get inside on things like cardboard boxes, potted plants, and even newspapers.

Where will I find earwigs?

Our gardens are typical habitats for earwigs. They hide in the damp soil under mulch, leaves, and landscape ties. You'll also find them under woodpiles, rock piles, and trash cans or compost bins. Those that have moved inside hide in the damp, dark areas of a home. Basements, crawl spaces, laundry rooms, and bathrooms are all places earwigs live in a home.

How do I get rid of earwigs?

Get rid of earwigs with the help of the professionals at Premier Pest Control. Our professionals go above and beyond to meet the needs of all our customers. Trust our customized pest control services to eliminate current pest problems and prevent them from returning. 
 
We are a local, family-owned company dedicated to exceeding expectations and treating every home like it's our own. To learn more about protecting your Iron County, Beaver County, or Washington County, Utah home or business from earwigs, reach out to Premier Pest Control today!

How can I prevent earwigs in the future?

Prevent problems with earwigs the easy way by partnering with Premier Pest Control! It is also important to implement the following prevention tips to avoid issues with earwigs:

  • Use caulk to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors, especially basement doors.

  • Make sure gutters are working to direct water away from the outside of your house.

  • Store trash cans and compost bins up off of the ground and away from the exterior walls of your home.

  • Remove fallen trees, leaf piles, and other debris from your yard.

  • Leave a barrier between any mulch or soil and your home's foundation.

  • Use a dehumidifier in the basement areas of your house.

  • Ventilate your crawlspaces.

  • Inspect things like boxes and potted plants for earwigs before bringing them inside your house.

 

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