Earwigs are bugs nightmares are made of. Old wives’ tales have told of bugs slipping into your ears at night and eating your brain or laying eggs in your cerebellum. It’s no wonder why so many of us cringe when we see the menacing looking visitor. Here is what you need to know about earwigs in your home.
WHAT DO EARWIGS LOOK LIKE?
Earwigs are unmistakable. The two pincers at the ends of their bodies are dead giveaways. The body of an earwig is a little more than half an inch long, and they are a dark brown or red color. The earwig has 6 legs that are light brown, and they have 2 antennae that extend off the front of the head.
DO EARWIGS INFEST STRUCTURES IN EAST TEXAS?
Earwigs are not picky about where they live. East Texas provides attractive shelter for earwigs. Earwigs prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas. They are social and usually live in large numbers together. It is not uncommon to find earwigs outside and indoors. Outside, earwigs live in large leaf piles, under bricks and garbage cans, in mulch and tree holes, and they even tuck themselves into the middle of certain flowers and their leaves.
When inside, earwigs can be found in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and in mud rooms. Earwigs will come up from drains and hang out in bathtubs and sinks.
WHAT DO EARWIGS EAT?
Earwigs feed on plants and insects. Earwigs also feast on mold, fruit and leaves. Food sources for earwigs are abundant inside and outside of your home.
ARE EARWIGS DANGEROUS?
No, earwigs are not dangerous to humans, despite old tales and their threatening looks. An earwig’s pincers on the back of their bodies is for defense, NOT for biting humans or digging tunnels into the ear canal so they can lay eggs. Earwigs also do not carry harmful bacteria or disease. They just look scary.
HOW DOES INNOVATIVE PEST CONTROL GET RID OF EARWIGS?
Innovative Pest Control has years of experience getting rid of and preventing earwigs. Innovative Pest Control teaches homeowners about exclusion techniques, gets rid of earwig instantiations, and treats the home or business to prevent future earwig invasions. Call now to learn about Innovative Pest Control’s earwig control plan.
EARWIG PREVENTION TIPS
To prevent earwigs, you need to address their habitat. Do not give them a place to shelter. Remove leaf, mulch and debris piles around your home. Seal any cracks, holes and crevices on the outside of your home. Inspect your gutters and downspout to ensure that are pointed away from your home. Look for any holes in your home’s screens, and repair or replace the screen. If you have damp areas in your home, use a dehumidifier to dry them out.