Earwigs aren’t as scary as they sound. These little bugs don’t climb into your ears, as their name suggests and they really cause very little damage in or around your home. But when you have an earwig infestation, these pests can become really problematic, especially when they infest in large numbers.
Do you have a lot of earwigs around your home? If you do, it may be because the conditions in your home and around your house are just what earwigs like. Earwigs are insects that thrive in moisture; they are active mostly at night, but during the daytime they hide in cracks, crevices and damp areas. Earwigs like to hide under rocks, logs and mulch in flowerbeds too and at night they come out of these dark and damp hiding areas to feed on plants and insects.
If earwigs have entered your home, they have gotten there through cracks in the foundation, gaps in the exterior or they have been carried into the home without you even realizing it. Damp environments inside your home will attract them; you may find earwigs in the basement or cellar, under the sink and near the washer and dryer. If you have a mailbox or you get your newspaper delivered in the morning, you could have earwigs hitching along on your mail or on your paper and you could bring them into your house without even realizing it. Although these insects aren’t really much of a concern, if they take up residence inside your home and start to reproduce, having hundreds of them crawling through your home can be a serious nuisance. Although earwigs do have little pinchers near the rear of their bodies, they aren’t known for harming people directly. The biggest problem caused by these insects is by feeding on flowers and vegetables outside of the home and by coming into the home and invading in large numbers.
When it comes to preventing earwigs inside the home, there are a few things you can do.
Remove the environments inside your home that earwigs are happy in! This means any areas of dampness need to be remedied. You can do this by mending leaky pipes or faucets and installing ventilation and a dehumidifier in especially moist areas of the home.
Caulk up cracks or crevices in the foundation to keep earwigs and other insects from coming into your home through these areas. Check other areas around the exterior of your home for cracks or gaps.
Always examine mail/newspapers and anything else you bring into your home from the immediate exterior for earwigs before bringing them indoors.
Enlist the help of a pest control professional to help you eliminate earwigs from around the exterior of your property.
Earwigs are not going to crawl into your ears while you sleep, but they may be crawling into your home, which can make you feel uncomfortable. If you are looking to get rid of these pests with the help of a pest control professional, look no further than the pros at McCall Services. Contact us today to learn more about how we get rid of earwigs and to schedule your first appointment.