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Uncovering Earwig Myths + How To Prevent Them

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Movies and myths have given earwigs a bad wrap. People are under the impression that these small, brown bugs will actually crawl into the ear of an unsuspecting sleeping person and lay their eggs. This is completely false.

Earwigs are small, reddish brown ½” to 1” insects. They live in dark damp areas, like under logs, firewood, rocks and flowerbeds. Some earwigs have wings and some are wingless. Wintering in small underground burrows, these tiny insects will then lay their eggs in the spring. The preferred food of earwigs is seedlings, young plants and vegetation.

Earwigs come into homes and buildings to find food and shelter. They can be found in any room in homes. They are commonly seen in the drainage plates of house plants, enjoying the dark wet shelter. Even though these nocturnal pests have long pinchers on them, they do not offer a real threat to people or animals. While these pests offer no real threat to people or animals they are definitely a nuisance to have in the house.

To help hinder them from entering and living in your home there are a few simple steps you can take:

 

  • Keep all leaves, wood, and debris away from the basement and house walls.

  • Repair and fill all cracks and crevices in exterior walls

  • Be sure all window and door screens are free from holes and tears

  • Check and repair all door weatherstripping

  • Install a dehumidifier in basement to keep moisture level down

 

Even though earwigs don't crawl inside your ears while sleeping, they are not a desired tenant. Keeping them out of your home isn't impossible. With a little maintenance and diligence, earwigs can be kept outside your home. With help from McCall Service, residents of Georgia will find assistance with home pest control to aid in their battle against keeping earwigs and other insects outside.

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