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Pest Guide > Earwigs

earwig on white backgroundWhat do earwigs look like?

Earwigs (pincher bugs) are a menacing looking pest because of its “cerci” or pincer-like appendages that come off the end of its abdomen. Female earwigs have a straight pair of cerci, while the males have a curved pair of appendages. Adult grow to be about 5/8th of an inch in length; they are dark brown to reddish-brown in color and have a flattened elongated body. Depending on the exact species earwigs can either be winged or wingless.

Are earwigs dangerous?

Earwigs are associated with a rumor that they crawl into the ears of people while they are sleeping in order to bore holes into their brains to lay their eggs; when in reality earwigs are simply a nuisance pest and offer no significant health risks to people. While earwigs are equipped with “pinchers”, they really pose no danger to people; their cerci are used to defend themselves against each other and really aren’t strong enough to cause any pain in people.

Why are earwigs in my home?

Earwigs are nocturnal creatures and are typically found living outdoors in damp, dark areas like underneath of rocks, mulch, landscaping ties, piles of grass or leaves, and in other similar areas. They emerge from their hiding spots at night to feed on other insects and decaying plant materials. Earwigs found living outside of your home in large populations may make their way inside when the temperature outside becomes too high or too dry for their liking. Inside they can be found in basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, underneath of potted plants, or even living inside of stacks of newspapers or magazines. Along with entering into your home on your own they can be brought inside on packages, lawn furniture, or potted plants.

How do you get rid of earwigs?

Earwigs can enter into homes in large numbers, and because of their nocturnal nature it can make finding and eliminating all of them from your home a very tedious and frustrating task. At Spencer Pest Services we can get rid of earwigs from your property through our year-round residential pest control packages. Our pest control professionals have the experience and training needed to control earwigs in and around your home, and prevent future problems with them. Contact us today for more information about our earwig control services.

Earwig prevention tips

Along with putting into place a year-round pest control program, there are several things you can do in and around your home to prevent problems with earwigs.
  • Seal gaps found in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.
  • Caulk gaps found around windows and doors, make sure that weather stripping is intact.
  • Make sure that door sweeps are placed on all exterior doors.
  • Seal openings that are found around pipes, wires, and other utilities entering into your house.
  • Make sure that window and/or door screens are intact, and if they are not that they are repaired or replaced.
  • Place a stone or rock barrier between any mulch and your home’s foundation.

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