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Earwigs are annoying pests that are regularly found in our area. While they’re not dangerous to humans or pets, they can be a nuisance. Plus, their appearance is enough to frighten you. These small insects are members of the Dermaptera order. They’re easy to identify because they have long, smooth bodies. You’ll also notice their horny cerci coming from their bodies. They resemble pincers and can be used for this purpose. You can likely determine the sex of the earwig by looking at its cerci. Males tend to have larger and curvier cerci than female earwigs. The length of the cerci can range from very little to a third of the pest’s body.

Some earwigs have wings while others do not. Winged earwigs will have two sets of wings. Even when they have wings, you probably won’t see them flying because they usually don’t. The earwig’s body is usually half an inch in length. However, some varieties are much longer. As for the Saint Helena Giant Earwig, it can grow up to three inches in length. Today, there are more than 900 known Dermaptera species. The most common species living in temperate climates.

The pest is called an earwig because people believe they can climb into ears and burrow in brains. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen.

What Causes Infestations Of Earwigs?

You’re likely eager to find out why earwigs have decided to invade your residence. Was it something you did or didn’t do? Is there anything you can do to stop them from entering your home? Ultimately, earwigs enter residences due to the weather nearby. They prefer living in dark, warm, damp locations. Once they’ve managed to sneak into a residence or business, they’ll find many outstanding hiding places. After all, your home has plenty of dark, damp corners. While they can be found elsewhere, earwigs primarily hide around bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.

You’re likely not going to see them during the day because they’re nocturnal. They’ll hide during the day and eat in the middle of the night. Once the sun goes down, they’ll try to feed on arthropods and plants. Having flea or mite infestations makes it more likely that you’re going to encounter earwigs.

Can Earwigs Hurt You?

Are you afraid that the earwigs in your home are going to hurt you or your loved ones? Ultimately, this is a common concern, but you shouldn’t worry. The good news is that earwigs are not dangerous. Instead, they’re primarily a nuisance. Earwigs have been known to pinch people using their cerci. However, they’re not big or strong enough to hurt you. They shouldn’t pierce your skin or transform poison. The biggest issue is the fact that these pests are going to damage your plants. If you have an outside garden or indoor houseplants, get rid of earwigs to prevent them from destroying your plants.

Methods For Removing Earwigs

Is there an effective way to eliminate earwigs in your home? Ultimately, you should start by controlling the earwig population around your residence. If you can get rid of the earwigs around your property, they likely won’t enter your home. Unfortunately, this is often harder than it sounds. Earwigs like moisture and light. As a result, they’re attracted to homes. Prevent the light from seeping through your windows at night. You’ll also need to deal with potential entry points. Seal all small holes and gaps.

If you want to keep earwigs away from your residence, change your lightbulbs. Switch from conventional lights to sodium vapor yellow lights. Earwigs do not like these lights as much as white, mercury vapor, or neon lights. Seal your residence to keep these pests out.

When Can Your Technician Begin?

Our earwig removal specialists are ready to work hard for you. After your initial call, you can guarantee that you’ll hear from us within 24 to 48 hours.

Safe Earwig Solutions

We know that you’re worried about our treatments. Some pest control companies aren’t interested in keeping you safe. They just want to make money and get it taken care of as quickly as possible. We’re different because we’re going to put your health and safety first. Our company strives to keep you safe. We achieve this by following precise protocols from the beginning to the end. Before your call, you can rest assured knowing that our technicians have received years of training. Furthermore, they’re instructed to use the safest treatments recommended by the EPA.

We would only use safe products in our homes. We’re going to do the same for you.

Avoiding Infestations Of Earwigs

Whether you’re dealing with earwigs, roaches, or rodents, you’ll find that it is difficult to keep these pests out. If they can find small entry points into your home, they’ll enter and begin building nests. Suffice to say, there is always a risk that earwigs and other pests are going to enter your home. However, you can reduce the risk of infestations by keeping your lawn clean and tidy. You’ll also want to deal with excess moisture. If your rain gutters or faucets aren’t working correctly, there is a chance that you’re going to have pools of water around your home. Earwigs are attracted to moisture. Deal with the issue before it turns into an infestation.

You’ll also want to properly seal your residence to avoid problems. Use caulk and other supplies to seal small gaps around your home. If you can eliminate all entry points, you can keep these pests out.

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