Earwigs, despite what their name may imply, are not as scary as they sound. These little critters are rumored to crawl into your ears, which is an absolute falsehood. They don’t cause damage to your home or your belongings, but they can become problematic if allowed to infest your space in large numbers. Luckily, McCall Service has tips for preventing them in your Florida home—and proven pest control methods for removal.
Where do earwigs live?
Earwigs typically live outdoors and hide under rocks, logs, and mulch. After the sun sets, they’ll come out of these dark, damp places to feed on plants and other insects.
How do earwigs get inside?
If you’ve noticed lots of earwigs around your home, it’s probably because the conditions in and around your house are favorable for them. Earwigs thrive in moisture and are mostly active at night. During the day, they hide in cracks in the foundation or gaps in the exterior of your home. In other cases, they may have been carried into your home without you noticing. They can sneak in between envelopes in your mailbox or even pages of the newspaper.
If earwigs do come inside, they’ll seek out moist environments in the house, such as in basements, cellars, under the sink or near your washing machine. Once they start reproducing, you can quickly find yourself overrun by an infestation. While earwigs aren’t particularly dangerous, finding them all around your home is likely to ruin your day—and, if found in your kitchen, your appetite.
How to Get Rid of Earwigs
If you want to prevent earwigs from entering your home, you can take several actions. The best way to keep earwigs from thriving is to remove conditions and environments that they love. Fix leaky pipes or faucets and install a dehumidifier to help remove moisture from areas of your home that are prone to it.
You can also caulk cracks or crevices in the foundation. In addition to keeping earwigs out, this can help with lots of other insects and pests. Make a habit of walking around your home and seeking out any areas where cracks or gaps may be found.
Examine mail and newspapers before bringing it indoors. Check packages, too, especially if they’ve been sitting outside all day.
Of course, one of the best ways to eliminate earwigs and other pests from your home is to enlist the services of a dedicated pest professional.
Call McCall for Earwig Removal and Prevention Today
Earwigs may not crawl inside your ears while you sleep, but they’re still an unwelcome sight in any house or business. If you’ve noticed signs of earwigs in your home, contact McCall Service today for a pest inspection. Not only will we help get rid of unwelcome earwigs, we’ll also help identify the conditions that led to them in the first place. To get started, give us a call and schedule your first appointment today.