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Earwigs

What Are Earwigs?

Earwigs are insects that have large pincers that protrude from their abdomens. These small insects (typically measuring only between 5 mm and 25 mm in size) are slender, have two sets of wings, and can often be found clustered together due to a pheromone they produce that tells others of their kind where to find them. These strange-looking insects usually feed on decaying vegetation, young sprouts, and other organic matter. They move fairly quickly when disturbed and are attracted to moisture and light.

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Are Earwigs Dangerous?

Contrary to a popular misconception that says earwigs burrow into the ears of sleeping or unsuspecting individuals, earwigs are actually not a danger to humans. Their large and sometimes intimidating forceps can lead to a false belief that they are able to cause harm to humans, but they lack the venom, stinger, and the strength to be a threat to us. Even if you are pinched by an earwig, they usually lack the strength to break the skin, and if they do, it will only cause a tiny scratch. The best thing you can do if a pinch breaks through the skin is to make sure the small wound is cleaned so that germs and bacteria cannot enter and cause infection.

Why Do I Have Earwigs?

Earwigs typically thrive in spaces that are cool, undisturbed, and wet. If areas with these conditions also provide them with a good food source, earwigs will be content to stay and thrive in those areas. Gardens are often targeted by earwigs because of the many sprouts and vegetation available for them to feed on. Because earwigs are attracted to light, they may wander onto your property at night when your porch light is on or when interior light was streaming out of your windows.

Can I Get Rid of Earwigs?

Earwig prevention can be as simple as removing the places they like to hide. Stones, logs, leaf piles, and sticks are all great locations for earwigs to hide from you, making them harder to get rid of. Earwigs also prefer to settle and reproduce in areas of damp soil, so making sure there is a barrier between your foundation and any damp or wet earth is a good way to deter earwigs from your home. By far the best prevention method for earwigs is to enlist the help of a pest control professional.

How Insect IQ Can Get Rid Of Earwigs

To get rid of earwigs, our team of certified pest control technicians will inspect your property for earwigs and then develop a treatment plan for your home to address your specific pest issue, and then implement that plan to effectively rid your home of those invading pests. At Insect IQ, we have the tools and experience needed to treat any pest problem, including earwigs. To learn more about our commercial and residential pest control options or request your free inspection, contact us at Insect IQ today!

 

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